Hi we have been exploring Revelation 2&3 and this is my fouth post on Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea. To read my earlier posts please check down at the bottom of this post for a full list.
Revelation 3:17 ‘You say, “I am rich. I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing,”
Once again, this comment by Jesus cuts to the very chase. Yesterday, we explored how we can wrongly assess ourselves and come to the conclusion we are doing quite well, especially if we compare ourselves with others, but when we compare ourselves with Christ then we begin to realise our inner poverty and reach to him for his golden riches.
Jesus then takes his righteous accusation a step further.
Revelation 3:17a ‘You say…I have acquired wealth…’
Note how the emphasis is on the individual without reference to God. We believe that by our own means and abilities we have acquired wealth.
The righteous man, humbled and broken by past failures, comes to know, not only of his own inner poverty but also his profound inability to gain wealth by his own strength.
Any wealth we might feel we have acquired by our own strengths will be proven to be made of worthless straw in the end.
We are, quite literally, helpless without Christ. We have no spiritual wealth of our own and no ability to gain any real wealth by ourselves. We stand at the foot of the cross, looking upwards, completely dependent on Christ Jesus for everything. And this is the pathway, the only pathway, to immeasurable riches in Christ Jesus!
Ephesians 3:17a ‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you might be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
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