In Revelation 3:17 Christ tell us that many in Laodicea, the last ERA of God’s church, are going to be spewed out of His mouth into the great tribulation because they think that they truly have NEED of nothing.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Obviously we see ourselves as a group as needing nothing but God thinks otherwise. It seems like we should take a little time to explore what it is we NEED, that we don’t have now.
How can we think that we have everything and yet been in this terrible condition where He calls us wretched, miserable, poor blind and naked?
I am sure you have heard full sermons on just this verse alone.
But instead of drilling deep let’s back up a step and look at it from the big picture. What are we not seeing? How did we get to such a position that we cannot see our true condition.
Somehow we are seeing ourselves as profitable servants where God the Father and Christ do not. Look what Luke 17 tells us;
Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Christ tells us in Luke that if you are keeping the commands and attending the Holy days going to church every Sabbath that we are still unprofitable servants. So what makes us profitable servants in His eyes? Well lets look at what does not make us profitable. See what Christ tells us in Matthew 25:30
Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is the parable of the Talents, the unprofitable servant is the one who did nothing to increase the talents that God had given him. He thought he was doing the right thing by holding on to the single talent and not trying to expand on it. He was undoubtedly doing all the things that were expected of him. He went to church, he kept the holy days, he kept the laws of God, he may even have studied and learned all the doctrines and prophecies of the church. But what didn’t have? HE DID NOT GROW!
God may have called the weak of the world but He absolutely does not expect for any of us to stay that way. I Cor. 1:27
Peter commands us to GROW in Grace and Knowledge;
2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Now we have already seen that knowledge alone is not enough, The Laodicean Church is rich in spiritual knowledge yet it is still in a wretched state.
Let’s analyze verse 18 a bit to see if we can get more meaning from it.
Growing in grace simply means growing in God’s Favor . Notice Luke 2:52;
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Notice the word favor in this scripture. It is the same word (Charis in the Greek ) that is translated Grace in verse 18 above.
We find favor with God by continuing to grow spiritually by overcoming our sins and desires that are contrary to God’s way of life. We must be living a life that is constantly seeking to improve and as the second half of verse 18 indicated, to grow in the knowledge of Jesus. Does that mean knowledge of what He taught or knowledge of how He lived.
We are told to let Christ live His life in us;
Gal_2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
This what pleases God, when He sees us learning to live like Christ and apply that learning to ourselves. Learning by itself does nothing.
Paul said we could know all things and still be of no value if we did not have love. We grow our talents by developing the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are available to all of us.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Are you showing these talents more and more in your life or are you still showing their opposite:
Do you get angry sometimes, is it hard for you to turn the other cheek so to speak.
Do you seem to be in a constantly negative state of mind. Joy is an attitude of mind that overrides circumstances and feelings.
Do you worry a lot. Are you in a constant state of anxiety? The Peace that comes from God’s spirit is dependent on you developing a complete trust in God to make things work for your good.
Now you can go through all of these fruits of God’s Spirit and see for your self the antithesis or opposite of each of them in this world. The point is these are the talents that you have been given and you are commanded by word and example to grow those talents in your life. Here is a link to an excellent chart showing all of the fruits of the spirit and the antithesis of each. A great check on your progress.
Are you REALLY examining yourselves daily? This is not an easy thing to do brethren, it takes work, dedication and honesty to see the weaknesses and sins that are hidden in your life. And it takes a lot of ZEAL to root them out.
These are the things that you need to be doing if you want to more find favor/grace with God and as you are doing these things you are letting Christ live in your life because you are learning live and think and reactive like Christ does.
Rev_21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
It is only the overcomer that will inherit all things. That means GROWTH brethren. We must have real Spiritual Growth utilizing God’s Holy Spirit if we expect God to account us as worry to escape what is coming. Those who are not growing in this manner are likely to find themselves spewed out of God’s mouth into the Great Tribulation.
We have all been given a tremendous legacy of Spiritual Truths a great foundation to build on. Now we need to grow in God’s favor by building our spiritual house. We cannot rest on what we have been given we must grow.