I was talking with a friend the other day about how as we get older our strength seems to go away. As happens at times I began to think about the lack of Zeal found in the Laodicean Church by God and I wondered if there was a correlation?
Most of us came into the church back in the days of World Wide so the church has an aging membership at this point in time. So if many in the Laodicean church are in fact older people is it a surprise that many of us lack Zeal.
Remember what it is like to watch the young children run around the house? So much energy! If only we could put that in a bottle and sell it! heh heh
But then I thought the lack of energy in an older person is pretty much the norm, so why does God see the lack of zeal as such a problem.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
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:
The Bible tells us that we as a group are lukewarm (having a lack of Zeal) BECAUSE we do not think we need anything. Are we truly that satisfied with our selves that we do not see any need to improve?
If so, that is truly a bad indictment against us. But think about it for a minute, remember as a person gets older we tend to get a little tired. We tend to accept things the way they are because of that weariness.
(2Th 3:13 KJV) But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
Could it be that because of our general tired condition that we accept ourselves as good enough? I mean we look around at our brethren and we are doing as good as they are, are we not?
Remember Paul’s admonishment;
(2Co 10:12 KJV) For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Too many of us, my self included, are too satisfied with ourselves because we are not looking beyond the surface. It takes more than just obeying the laws to be a profitable servant;
(Luk 17:10 KJV) 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.
I maintain that it is the weakness of age that is lulling us into a sleepy condition allowing the zeal we once had for God’s word and our obedience to it, to slide away and make us lukewarm.
God tells Laodicea that we must “Repent and become Zealous again”;
(Rev 3:19 KJV) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
So how do we get back that zeal even when so many of our facilities are beginning weaken? I mean I am approaching 77 years old the term “Golden Years” is beginning to seem like a strange concept to me. 🙂
But you see we don’t really have any excuse do we, God always makes a way for us to do what is needed IF we are willing to apply ourselves to the task at hand:
For instance, God says that we do not have to be weary. Did you know that? If that’s so why am I weary, I would sure like to find the cure for that. Should we ask for an anointed cloth for weariness? LOL I am being silly but look what God tells us in Isaiah;
Isa 40:29 He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Isa 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(Isa 40:31 KJV) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
WOW! sounds great to me but, there it is again the but word. How do we mount up with wings like eagles?
Notice it doesn’t say we will never get tired it says we can renew our strength. But only those who “wait” on the Lord have access to this renewing strength.
What does it mean “wait on the Lord”? Surely there is a key in there somewhere.
The Hebrew word means as follows:
A primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), that is, collect; (figuratively) to expect: – gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).
That word is used 49 times in the Old Testament and generally means to patiently look for or wait on something to happen. In other words, it is a demonstration of FAITH!
So really it gets down to our faith on the one hand and our desire to do better on the other. If those things are in place in our lives then we can ask God to do what He promised.
If we are part of Spiritual Israel now, then these words apply to us just as they will apply to physical Israel in the days to come.
God has told us to repent and become zealous again, He has told us that He will provide what we need to do so. All we have to do is apply the faith that He gives us and the desire that we have inside us and we will mount up on wings like eagles. We will be able to run and not be weary and to walk and not faint. We can have the zeal he wants us to have and we will be able to apply it to our lives to be ready to open the door for Christ when He Knocks.
(Luk 12:36 KJV) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.