I love coffee. I’m not sure what time of day you’re reading this, but it’s very possible that you just woke up, poured a nice hot cup of coffee, and you’re starting your day in God’s Word. Over these hot summer months, I’ve preferred having iced coffee or cold brew over the classic hot. Whether you prefer hot or cold, I can almost guarantee that none of you that drink coffee prefer to drink your coffee at room temperature. The disgust you feel when you pick up a room temperature cup of coffee is a good illustration to the disgust Jesus expresses about the lukewarm church in Laodicea.
Unlike the other churches, Jesus had absolutely nothing positive to say about this church. What does he say about them? They are:
Those are pretty hard statements. But even with the hard language, Jesus still offers them a chance to change.
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (ESV)
God is offering this church what we all need—grace. They didn’t deserve it, and neither do we, but this is a great testimony to the power of God’s grace over sin. Depend on the grace of God as you go throughout the rest of this week!
What stood out to you most from our time looking at these letters to churches?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice