Poor, Blind and Naked
"You say, 'I am rich, with everything I want; I don't need a thing!" And you don't realize that spiritually you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked" (Revelation 3:17).
George had come for a week of lay training at Arrowhead Springs. Following one of my messages on revival, in which I explained that most Christians are like the members of the church at Ephesus and Laodicea, as described in Revelation 2 and 3, he came to share with me how, though he was definitely lukewarm and had lost his first love, he frankly had never read those passages, had never heard a sermon such as I had presented and therefore did not realize how wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked he was.
If there were such an instrument as a "faith thermometer," at what level would your faithfulness register? Hot? Lukewarm? Cold?
Jesus said to the church at Laodicea, "I know you well - you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!" (Revelation 3:15).
Again, I ask you, where does your faithfulness register on that faith thermometer?
The greatest tragedy in the history of nations is happening right here in America. Here we are, a nation founded by Christians, a nation founded upon godly principles, a nation blessed beyond all the nations of history for the purpose of doing God's will in the world. But most people in this country, including the majority of church members, have without realizing it become materialistic and humanistic, all too often worshiping man and his achievements instead of the only true God.
Granted, the opinion polls show meteoric growth in the number of people in America who claim to be born-again Christians. But where does their faith register on the faith thermometer? America is a modern-day Laodicea. We are where we are today because too many Christians have quenched the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Bible Reading: Revelation 3:14-19
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: Realizing that America cannot become spiritually renewed without individual revival, I will humble myself, and pray, and seek God's face, and turn from my wicked ways. By faith I will claim revival in my own heart.