Laodicea 5

Hi. continuing my series on Revelation 2&3 and looking at Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea. Praying this morning for all those affected in our area with the latest flooding of homes and businesses and the train crash that I have just heard about. Troubled times indeed.

Revelation 3:18 ‘I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich…

Gold comes out of the earth as a coarse and unattractive ore. Heat is used to burn off the dross to reveal the pure metal.

The implication here is that we Christians are often a mixture of righteousness and worldliness. However, the hardships of life – and we have no shortage of hardships at this moment – serve to purify our walk with Jesus if we approach them with the right attitude and if we allow them to draw us closer to Jesus.

1 Peter 1:6 ‘In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.’

Peter reminds us here that the Christian is not immune or shielded from the trials of suffering. They will come but will only last ‘a little while’ compared with the eternity of glory that awaits us. And they will serve God’s purposes in our life.

1 Peter 1:7 ‘These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved to be genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.’

Only a fool seeks suffering. There is no doubt though, that suffering, when met with the right approach, will bring forth a deep maturing of our faith.

The Lord has always promised faithfully to travel close beside us when we go through the tribulations. Even when we feel completely alone in the darkness, if we hold out our hand he will respond and meet us in the depths.

And then we will know the rich wealth of the subject verse:

Revelation 3:18 ‘I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich…’

I appreciate this is not an easy or glib subject. My heart goes out this morning to all those who experience or face tribulations. Together, with the Lord, we will make it through to the eternal glory.

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For my previous posts:

Philadelphia 1

Philadelphia 2

Philadelphia 3

Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia 5

Philadelphia 6

Philadelphia 7

Laodicea 1

Laodicea 2

Laodicea 3

Laodicea 4

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