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;
We always look at this scripture and think it is all about “spiritual riches” and of course it does apply in that way but is there a physical side to that statement regarding Laodicea? Could we be physically rich and increased with goods enough so that it is intervening with our spiritual relationship with God?
God has stated that He wants us to have a life filled with abundance.
Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
There is a physical blessing that comes with the keeping of the Laws of God.
Deu 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
Deu 28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
The Laodicean ERA of God’s church has come out from the Philadelphian ERA where the laws of God were taught and the blessings from keeping them were expected and received. I am sure that as a group we are all physically better off than we would have been had we not been called. But has that abundance been turned into a curse?
Laodicea has an attitude that says they have need of nothing! Have we become so used to the blessings of this physical life that we no longer see the world in the proper light? I mean in many ways life has much to offer. There is great creativity in God’s creation. Many things that we can enjoy and marvel at. They lift our spirits and make us glad to be alive. But do we get so caught up in enjoying these many blessings of life that we have forgotten that we are not to love the world?
1Jn_2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn_2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
1Jn_2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
It is so easy to get comfortable and pleased with ourselves because we have so much of the “abundance” of the world.
Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Do you see how all the abundance of this world is a distraction so that we are no longer watching for the Kingdom to come or even ourselves that we are overcoming. Look at what God said about what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah;
Eze 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
Sodom got so bad because it had too much abundance and idleness that allowed their sins to develop to the point where God had to destroy them. Laodicea is looking at that kind of judgment as well if we do not open our eyes and see what is wrong.
This is why God says that Laodicea needs eye salve. We need to look past the physical and spiritual riches that God has given us to the things that are most important. We need to refocus our attention to the coming Kingdom and get into a preparation mode.