One of the harshest phrases I find coming out of the mouth of Jesus is in Revelation 3:16 when He tells the church in Laodicea that He is about to vomit them out of His mouth.
Why did they deserve such harshness?
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.
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
There are four things that is worth noting about the Laodiceans:
they had a super prideful attitude because they were a major commercial and banking center,
they had the best medical school of the region,
they produced an expensive and sought after fabric from the wool of a rare local black sheep,
and they were known to have a special eye-powder that healed the sight of many.
The Laodiceans "didn't need anyone," not even God. And that prideful, self-sufficient attitude had entered the church. Christians were simply going through the motions of religion but were not really committed to a walk with Christ.
One thing the Laodiceans did not have, however, was water. They had to draw water from the hot springs of a nearby city and they also had to build a passage way from a near by mountain so the melted snow from the mountaintop could flow their way. By the time the hot water from the spring and the chilly water from the snow made it to the center of Laodicea, the water was lukewarm. Jesus uses this to illustrate that their lack of commitment was just like their water. Once tasted one felt like puking.
The Laodicean's lukewarm Christianity was nauseating to Christ.
How about you?
How committed are you to following Jesus?
How much of your heart have you given to Him?
How wide have you opened the door of your life when He knocked?
How much control do you still like to have of your own decisions, agenda, relationships, career, and etc?
How much do you rely on your own riches instead of the provision of God in your life?
Today I am confronted by my lack of trust in you.
I often depend on what I can do instead of what you can do.
Forgive me for not trusting you completely.
Forgive me for allowing the pressures of this world to dictate some of my decisions.
Here I am. I open the door as I hear you knocking.
I allow you into my heart to take it over completely.
I give you complete control of my life.
In Christ's name. Amen.
I think it's a beautiful expression when Jesus tells the Laodiceans that the reason why He's being harsh with them is because He loves them. Just like a parent disciplines a child, Jesus is calling out the sin of His people so they can live righteously.
Allow the voice of God to rebuke you as He rebuked the Laodiceans.
Learn from their mistakes and earnestly repent from your pride.
Make a commitment to follow and depend on Jesus.
And by doing so we will get to spend eternity with Christ in heaven.
Can you imagine how awesome that dinner will be with Jesus in heaven?
1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.