A Self-Confident Church is “pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. (Revelation 3:14-17)

As I pointed out in my last post, the church in Laodicea was a “good enough” church. They thought they were doing enough good deeds and had good enough doctrine to warrant a little bit of sin on the side. They thought that they could obey Christ most of the way, and that would be good enough. In fact, they even boasted about themselves saying: “I am rich, I have acquired wealth, and do not need a thing.”

But of course they were fooled. Their riches were superficial, and their love for Christ only conditional. They thought they were doing good because they hadn’t failed horribly in any one area. But a Christian is not measured by whether or not he falls into some exceptionally horrible sin. No, a true believer must “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5). Anything less than this is treason, and must be repented of immediately. No Christian should ever brag about being “good enough.” Rather, a mature Christian is always looking for his failings and repenting of them, humbly trusting God to give him the power to overcome his sins.

No believer should ever be foolish enough to claim to have arrived before they’ve crossed the final finish line and are with Jesus.

 

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