FOCUSED – REVELATION 3:14-22
We are officially in the second month of 2017. This means that 80% of all New Year’s resolutions have already been abandoned, according to U.S. News. These individuals who created all this hope and aspiration for the future, have already lost their focus and have returned to the regularity they previously had. Sadly, this is the same mentality that some churches can take. The church in Laodicea is a prime example of this. Laodicea was a very well known town in the ancient world, due to their profound wealth. Unfortunately, the worldly influences had persuaded the congregation to abandon their mission of growing the Kingdom, in order to return to their previous, worldly, goals of being rich and self-satisfied. The people lacked the zeal needed to help the church grow. They were described as “lukewarm” or in laymen’s terms complacent and indifferent about faith and discipleship. They allowed their focus to be moved away from that of Christ and towards that of the world. Just as those who have given up on their New Year’s resolutions still have ten months to achieve them, the church in Laodicea still had time to turn their focus around. Even though they were so focused on the world that their entire ministry was becoming a disaster, we are still reminded that through Christ, there is still hope for those who are willing to accept His “loving” rebuke. The key for the Laodiceans was to turn away from the world and put their focus back on Christ. “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:19). Christ has unconditional love for all. Even when we lose our focus on Him, He still has His focus on us. If we continue to keep our focus on Christ and His mission for the church, we too will be able to receive the promise of victory.
~ Phillip Broaddus