Wanting

Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Growing up, I never saw us as inadequate. We seemed happy, wanting nothing.

We drank milk made from powder, bought perishables sold at the railroad salvage, and wore hand-me-down clothes. Because Dad only had an eighth-grade education, he worked two jobs most of his life.

Mom stayed home throughout most of our formidable years and didn’t work until most of us were out of the house. We took simple vacations filled with fishing, boating, camping, and hikes to explore the world around us.

Dad would take the family on rides where he would say, “Let’s get lost and try to find our way home.” Almost every one of those trips ended at a cheese factory where he would buy freshly made cheese curds that squeaked when you bit them.

As we would pass through the rural countryside of Wisconsin, he would point out the wildlife he saw. He saw deer, pheasant, eagles, hawks, foxes, and much more. We visited his childhood home in Mineral Point. 

Our parents never complained about what they didn’t have but made the most with what they had.

They grew up in the post-Depression era where their parents made do with even less than we ever did. Compared to them, we were truly blessed.

In our passage, Jesus speaks to John about the church’s seasons using this illustration.

Today, theologians will say we are in the Laodicean age. We are described as self-satisfied, living in luxury, pleasure, and in need of nothing.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

Jesus points out that it is not so much that we are carnal but are lacking the spiritual.

Apathy is an abnormal condition. 

Jesus describes it as being neither hot nor cold. We know the right words to say, the right places to be, the right clothes to wear, and the right people to be with on the days that count.

Apathy lacks passion and direction. 

We have different masks for different days. On days we attend church, we want others to know we are spiritual, so we wear the mask of the Christian. On Monday through Saturday, we try desperately to fit into a world that rejects our Savior.

Our Heavenly Father knows exactly who we are and what He got when He saved us. He knew we would need Him even when we didn’t know ourselves. 

It recognizes our needs, our actual needs before God, and is far more profitable and productive. We need to stop “playing church” and go about doing what we’ve been commanded to do.

It is in the work of God we find true happiness, peace, and contentment. 

Being a ready witness to give any and all a reason for the hope that is in us. Utilizing our gifts and talents as God instructs us.

But do we see the need?

We are ready critics of the abundance of sin around us, but do we tell all who would hear of the cure?

Are we fearful of the reproach that comes with standing for Christ?

Are we satisfied with receiving salvation for ourselves and fail at finding one like us and telling them? In God’s economy, we are truly wanting. 

We need the Holy Spirit’s filling, leadership, and guidance. We need to possess love for the lost, armor for the battle, and knowledge of God’s Word to strengthen us. 

All of these are but choices we make, not a chance happenstance.

The critical juncture is recognizing our need is possessing the power and presence of God in our life.

For if we have that, everything else will fall into place.

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