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Saturday, March 08, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Revelation 3:17-19(NASB)
17 'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 'Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.
Laodicea might have been more famous for being lukewarm, but this passage that followed shows that they're spiritual losers. Take a good look again at verse 19; why does God discipline us? Because he loves us, but why does a parental love include discipline? To learn and minimize our mistakes. We are the gold in verse 18, but it is the learning that comes from testing and trials that does the refining. Jesus' blood provides the clothes, covering our shame from God. The Holy Spirit provides the contact lenses to be able to see in the spiritual realm. You can't pick up that refined gold at your local jeweler. You can't buy those spiritual garments at the mall and your local optometrist doesn't stock those spiritual contact lenses. Our wealth as members of the Blogosphere doesn't even buy a cup of coffee in the spiritual realm; we have to get those items the same way the shantytowner in Sao Paulo does: by developing a personal, ongoing, daily relationship with God. Our wealth doesn't help us buy those; it might allow us some free time to reflect on God's word, but it can also give us playthings that take us away from our prayer closet. To borrow from a Liverpudlian philosopher, I don't care that much for money, money can't buy me that spiritual hardware.

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