On the contrary, his nature is selling him on what it calls "enjoying life." This is Christ's major concern for these people. Why do those exercises when he has no need? NASB E-Prime 1611 King James Version (KJV). 19As many as I loue, I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 10 and the Laodicean Church. How careful Christians must be in this time when the world and Satan are pressing their distractions upon us as never before! Because rejected by the Lord. That worries God. It is the ignoring of a higher priority. 3 17a . Destitute of the true riches. He is so focused on other things—usually his own well-being—that he cannot see God. Hebrews 2:3 None of this means, though, that Laodiceans are lazy people. Hebrews: A Message for Today. Many of his servants, like Abraham and David, were wealthy beyond imagination (Genesis 13:2; I Chronicles 29:1-5). In other words, we admire Him so much and respect His personality and character so much that we want to be near Him—right across the table from Him, as it were. He is blind to his nakedness and instructed to salve his eyes so he might see. Notice that He does not even tell them to "hold fast." What Is the Work of God Now? This should tell us a great deal about the Laodicean. John W. Ritenbaugh Externally, he looks like a good guy, and righteous too, but all the while, inside he is something else: He is totally hypocritical. They lack devotion to Him. If he did, he would not be so blind to his poverty because he could compare himself to God's holiness, and his shortcomings would be exposed. The Laodicean is not lazy; he is instead distracted with busyness, with this world, with getting ahead in life, with everything else rather than what he should be involved in—the things of God. The Laodicean has the same problem. How many people have been killed because a driver's attention was diverted by a cell phone? Luke 21:29-35 How close this is in principle to what the Pharisee says in the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14)! But God never accuses them of being lazy. He says in effect, "Don't forget your first priority!". One of Laodiceanism's major characteristics is utter self-deception. Oblivious to his spiritual poverty, the Pharisee chooses to compare himself to humans he can see rather than the holy God to whom he supposedly prays in faith. John W. Ritenbaugh He does not know whether to believe their professions because He sees a great deal of insincerity and hypocrisy. He has stopped and in many cases—just like the Ephesians—he is sliding backwards. He is spiritually bereft. The relationship, for all intent and purposes, seems to be forgotten. The Beatitudes, Part Two: Poor in Spirit. Just as with Sardis, those in Laodicea are completely self-deceived (Jeremiah 17:9). This, of course, is insincerity and hypocrisy, and it is a result of their indifference to Christ. Consider the possible effects of such a sin. We must not allow this opportunity to slip away. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Laodiceanism is nothing more than a virulent form of worldliness in which devotion to Christ deteriorates, while attention to the world—its ways, attitudes, and conduct—intensifies. The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Two): The Burnt Offering. Each judge looked for what was most important to him and thus made contrasting judgments. It is not so that he can see other people or other things, but so he can specifically see God! 16So then because thou art lukewarme, and neither cold nor hot, I wil spew thee out of my mouth: 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and haue need of nothing: and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poore, and blinde, and naked. Though it seems contradictory for the church to become lukewarm during such a stimulating period, Christ prophesies that it will occur. Their lackadaisical, wishy-washy, self-righteous attitudes and self-absorbed, self-satisfied lives are totally unacceptable to Him. To be wretched describes life when everything one owns has been destroyed or plundered by war. We are given two opposing evaluations in verses 14-17. His heart is lifted up. Recall again that to whom much is given, the more shall be required. Which best represents the problem with the comment? Blinded by the god of this world. This verse reveals an additional problem that magnifies the Laodiceans' dangerous condition due to their indifference. He gives his attention to pursuits that are not intrinsically evil, things God desires to bless His people with, but because his priorities are wrong, he merits God's scathing condemnation. So He says, "If any man hear my voice. He really believes he is Philadelphian. Most people cannot handle prosperity, and though God wants us to have good things, He desires us to have them in a way that will not damage us spiritually. How many deaths have occurred where a person did something seriously wrong yet claims, "I didn't mean for that to happen"? There is no covering for the conduct of their lives here. Laodicea is spiritually blind and filled with self-righteousness, things that are revealed primarily in their attitudes and actions. He thinks he is already complete, thus he is indifferent to growing and changing. Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? They must step very gingerly for fear of running into things, and undoubtedly, they would run into things. King James Version (KJV). Why? He is hoping to break us out of this circle by rekindling an awareness of our spiritual need.