Rev 3:14 to 22 – Wealthy but wretched

Laodicea: Wealthy but wretched

  • The faithful one knows (v14)
  • Material prosperity often leads to spiritual bankruptcy (v15-17)
  • True prosperity is found in Jesus (v18)
  • Repent and return to Jesus (v19-20)
  • Sitting with Christ for eternity is better than prosperity now (v21)

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  1. This was a particularly poignant sermon for me.

    We live in a material world and the stress of “not having enough” is upon us all.

    I recently received an unexpected financial benefit from my service in the Royal Air Force, which has enabled me to repay a significant debt to my sister, Mandy, and to get my car back on the road.

    The affect of this on my daily life has been significant, somewhat detrimental and also somewhat positive. Detrimental in that it has raised my focus on money and positive in that some debts could be repaid and I now have wheels again for the first time in 2 years.

    During the last few years God has been good to me with financial provision continuing to come from unexpected sources including family, friends and circumstances such that I have a roof over my head, clothes and food.
    Under improving financial circumstances comes a responsibility which I have felt as a burden that I now have to rationalise and deal with as God would have me do. I am ashamed and humbled to admit that my first reaction to my improved circumstances was not to thank God but rather to try and work out how I could maximise my recent good fortune.
    This preaching from Mark reminded me that “what we have is never enough”. It must be a common complaint. I am reminded that I do not want to live a life full of checks and balances driven by financial goals.
    The song by Lion of Judah “sufficient for me” had a huge impact on me. Of course this refers to Christ being sufficient for us and through whom all is possible. It reminds us that we are not in charge but we are here to serve others to the best of our abilities guided by the Holy Spirit.

    I am grateful, I am humbled and I need Jesus in my life to ensure that I do not become a lost sheep.

    Thank you and Bless you, Mark, for this significant message

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