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Message of the Day: Be Zealous, Repent, Hear and Open your Heart for Jesus

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:19-20, MASB)

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In Rev. 1:4 we read about the message to the Seven Churches in the Roman Province of Asia. These seven churches (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodecia) were the best points of communication in that particular district. Furthermore, the number “seven” is a favorite number of completion in the book of Revelation. The message to these churches is from God and Christ through an angel and John was given the task to record it.

Rev. 3:14-22 contains the message to the church in Laodecia. It is located near the modern Denizil. Laodecia was the wealthiest city in Phrygia during the period of the Romans. It was widely known for its banking establishments, medical school and textile industry.

In view of this, Laodecia was an important commercial, educational and administrative centre whose citizens were secure and prosperous, lacking nothing. However, the spirit of self-satisfaction was evident in the church. Because of their prosperity they thought that they were as well prosperous in terms of their spirituality but in reality it was on the contrary – they were lacking in spirituality because of their reliance on material things, they could not exercise genuine faith in God. They are “lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold” (v.16). That is, the condition of the soul poorly fluctuating between inactivity and zealousness of love.

God’s message for them is to be zealous or fervent in their faith, to repent of their inactivity or lukewarmness, hear the message of God and open their hearts for Jesus so he enter and have a genuine fellowship with them.

Likewise, we cannot equate our financial and material prosperity to our spiritual life. If our measure of spiritual security and prosperity is material success, then we fall to the same sin as the Laodecians. We will become lukewarm or inactive.

Jesus will be pleased if despite our financial prosperity, we are still zealous with spiritual matters, we are quick to repent of our sins, willing to listen, and have a heart that is open for Jesus. For only through openness of our heart can we experience genuine fellowship with Jesus.

References:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software. olivetree.com

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

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