In Max Lucado's book, A Love Worth Giving, he tells the story of a young girl who was asked a very hard question (at least that was what she thought) by her father.
Susie’s most treasured possession was a string of fake pearls given to her by her father. She loved these pearls and would wear them often. As her father tucked her into bed one evening after he returned from a lengthy trip, he asked her “Do you love me?” “Yes, daddy. I love you more than anything,” she replied. He paused. “More than the pearls? Would you give me your pearls?” “Oh daddy,” she replied. “I couldn’t do that. I love my pearls!”
But the next day she went to her father and said, “Daddy, I love you more than these pearls. Here you take them.” He said, “I brought you a gift from my trip.” She opened the small flat box and gasped. There was a string of beautiful pearls only this time these pearls were genuine.
How the Lord would have given the real deal to the Church at Laodicea if only they would have asked. But they thought they were okay - in fact, they thought they were in a perfect place - even saying “they needed nothing.” They thought they already had the real thing, but sadly they did not. You can read the story in Revelation 3:14-22.
This first century congregation had been alive and well and then something happened and a slow death ensued and the result was that they had become lukewarm. And where is Jesus in their story? He is standing outside the church, knocking on the door, and wanting to be invited inside.
Do you suppose your Heavenly Father wants to give you something better than you already have? Lukewarmness is never the way to go especially when He offers authentic love and an intimate relationship. His devotion is very real and He will give you the genuine when you surrender the imitation.
This Sunday we continue with our current teaching series, “God’s Blueprint for a Great Church,” as we take a careful look at Jesus’ conversation with the Church at Laodicea. There are important lessons for us to learn and apply to our lives.
I hope to see this Sunday as we study together.
You are loved in the Lord,