God says that the bulk of His people in the Laodicean ERA of the church are blind. They cannot see their condition.
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:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
But why are the blind, why can’t they see their condition?
Notice that they are not totally blind because God tells them to apply eye salve that they might see. So what is it that is blinding them?
They have developed a Lukewarm attitude shown in Rev 3:16 and verse 17 tells us that the reason they have this attitude as well as implying that that is the reason that they are blind, is because they are rich and increased with goods and feel that they do not need anything more.
I mean think about them a little, and when I say them I am talking about all of us. No one wants to think that they are Laodicean because that would mean that they are not pleasing God. And yet the main characteristic of Laodicea is this lukewarm attitude. So do not presume that it does not apply to you.
Here we have thousands of God’s people who are keeping the Sabbath and Holy Days, keeping God’s Laws and paying His tithes and offerings. they go to church each Sabbath and fellowship with the Brethren. They have a prayer life and yet God says the bulk of them are lukewarm .
Consider this scripture:
Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is what happens to the servant who does not multiply the talents that were given to him. We are expected to grow and to add to what we have been given and the consequences for not doing so are extreme.
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.
We must do more than just what is commanded of us if we are not to be counted with the unprofitable servants.
God tells us over and over again that we must be overcomers. In fact He says that only the overcomers will make it into the Kingdom.
Rev_21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
It is the overcomer that will inherit all things. Overcoming is a battle it is a process of ongoing work that accomplishes a change and develops fruit in our lives.
The people of Laodicea have been given so many of God’s truths for so long that they think the knowledge of the truths of the Bible itself constitutes this overcoming. Knowing and even doing the things that we have learned does not constitute overcoming. Yet many of our people act like that is so.
The Laodicean Church ERA is described as a self satisfied church. We think that we are doing so good because we keep the laws and the Holy Days because we know so much more than the rest of the world. That knowledge strokes our egos and even the fact that we do those things which we are commanded itself adds to that feeling of self satisfaction that tends toward complacency in our attitudes.
Brethren we have forgotten that we are in a battle. We have forgotten why we are here. We are here to overcome our sinful natures and to develop the character that is needed to successfully inherit eternal life. Paul calls it running a race;
1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Notice Paul’s zeal in running the race to win it. No halfhearted effort here. Paul was determined to be the winner of the race. I heard a COG minister, Steven LeBlanc -say it this way; “Paul was out there running, not jogging”. That was a paraphrase not a direct quote but you get the meaning. The Laodicean Church ERA has turned into a bunch of JOGGERS when they should be running to WIN the race.
We have so much of the truth and understanding in us, we keep so many of the laws and commandments of God that we feel satisfied while we have forgotten that only the overcomers inherit the Kingdom. Until we set our hand to overcoming our natures, to becoming more like Christ in every way then we are just marking time. We are like a marching band what it in the middle of the field marching in place. We look good nice shiny uniforms and instruments, we sound good playing just the right music sounding exactly the right words, keeping perfect time to the music and drumbeat of our leaders. BUT we are not going anywhere! We are marching in place. That is why most of Laodicea will have to go through the great tribulation in order to get them moving toward overcoming their inner selves.
Brethren this is the Eye Salve that we need to anoint our eyes with so that we can see! Christ told us to Repent and become Zealous;
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Here is what we need to repent of and why we need Zeal. So lets all of us stop this marching in place being unprofitable servants, lets stop jogging and start to run the race to win it with all the zeal we can muster. Only then will we have the awareness and understanding to answer the Knock of Jesus Christ. So that He can come in and eat with us.