1. Hello, listening friends, and welcome to this broadcast.
2. We are calling this series of messages, “What Does Jesus Think?”
3. and we hope this series of messages is blessing your life and the lives of those around you.
4. In our last broadcast, we saw what Jesus thinks about using the opportunities He brings us to tell others about Him.
5. We saw that, no matter how many opportunities we have missed in the past,
6. Jesus wants us to look to those opportunities that He brings us today and tomorrow.
7. That is the joy and the hope of the Gospel,
8. that it is never too late, in Jesus’ eyes, for us to turn and follow Him.
9. Today, we will look at what Jesus has to say to the church in Laodicea and to those who are half-hearted toward Him.
10. Some of you may have heard about the latest trend in sports, and it is called “extreme sports.”
11. Extreme sports is any sport that is taken to a new extreme.
12. For example, snow skiing down a steep slope is just sport.
13. Skiing down a steep slope after jumping from a helicopter is an extreme sport.
14. Riding mountain bicycles is a sport;
15. but biking down a snow covered mountain at 70 miles an hour is an extreme sport;
16. and people love to watch extreme sports on television;
17. but all of us who watch these athletes perform these extreme sports,
18. we watch while we’re sitting in our comfortable chairs and sitting safely in our houses.
19. We sit there and watch with our hearts racing, shaking our heads in disbelief.
20. We pray to God that our kids would never attempt something that dangerous;
21. but we overlook one very important matter.
22. Do you want to know what it is?
23. Before I tell you, let me ask you this:
24. who is the person who is taking the greater risk—the athlete or the TV viewer?
25. Today, the television-watching champion is in greater danger than the extreme athlete.
26. Do you know why?
27. Because, when we sit back watching, our blood pressure rises.
28. While we are sitting in front of the television, we eat more than we need and that food can cause our arteries to be closed;
29. then, your internal stress often mounts.
30. These athletes, on the other hand, who seem crazy to us, are keeping their bodies fit;
31. and, because of their fitness, their stress level is lower and their lungs are more efficient;
32. so, in reality, hurtling through the air is less risky that sitting in a chair, eating ice cream.
33. My listening friend, let me tell you that it works the same way in the Christian life.
34. Those who sit back and do nothing and criticize everything,
35. they are in far greater danger than those who roll up their sleeves and do the work of Christ.
36. Those who are always receiving and consuming are in greater danger than those who are always giving.
37. Those who are usually standing by and watching are at far more risk than the doers.
38. In fact, the spiritually lazy are in greater danger than those who are taking risks for God.
39. Being spiritually lazy is even more dangerous than being physically lazy.
40. If you are spiritually lazy, you may feel safe, but you are being destroyed from the inside out.
41. The spiritually lazy usually develop the following symptoms:
42. weaker love for Christ and weaker faith muscles,
43. weaker lungs to inhale the grace and the forgiveness of God,
44. weaker hearts for God,
45. and, ultimately, spiritual laziness can cause spiritual death;
46. and spiritual death is far more devastating than physical death.
47. According to Jesus, the spiritually lazy people of Laodicea were in danger of being thrown up by Jesus.
48. Listen to what Jesus said about these people in Revelation, Chapter 3, verses 14 to 22.
49. Laodicea had the distinction of being the only church of which the risen Christ had nothing good to say.
50. Laodicea was a remarkable city,
51. a city of worldly success.
52. Business consultants would have pointed to that city as a model that all other cities should copy.
53. It was a great financial center.
54. Every bank in the world had an office in Laodicea.
55. Laodicea was the manufacturing center of Asia Minor.
56. It was the center of clothing manufacturing.
57. The sheep that grazed around Laodicea were famous for their soft, violet, black glossy wool.
58. Laodicea also was the medical center of the whole area.
59. The nearby temple of Menkarou had a medical school.
60. In fact, that medical school became known world-wide for the discovery of an ointment that cured eye diseases;
61. so, here are the facts about Laodicea.
62. It was the financial capital of the world.
63. It was the clothing manufacturing capital of the world.
64. It was the medical center of the world;
65. and, yet, listen to Jesus’ message to them.
66. He said, “You may be the financial capital of the world,
67. but your spiritual poverty is grinding you.
68. You may be the clothing center of the world,
69. but, spiritually, you are naked and should be ashamed.
70. You may boast of your eye powder and ointment,
71. but, in reality, you are so spiritually blind that you cannot even see your desperate condition.”
72. Once again, Jesus takes what is characteristic of the city and the culture and applies it to the church;
73. and there is a fourth tragic symptom that Jesus points out to the believers in Laodicea.
74. The water supply to the city of Laodicea traveled several miles through an underground aqueduct.
75. By the time it reached the city, the water was foul, dirty and tepid.
76. It was not hot enough to relax or restore like the hot springs of nearby Hierapolis;
77. and it was not cold enough to refresh like the streams of nearby Colossi.
78. The water supply was useful to drink only if you want to vomit;
79. and Jesus was saying to the Christians in Laodicea,
80. “You are like your city water.
81. Your indifference is making Me sick.
82. Your apathy is making Me nauseous.
83. Your half-hearted commitment makes Me feel like I drank a glass of your foul water.”
84. Someone said something very interesting.
85. He said that there are some churches that make Jesus weep.
86. There are some churches that make Jesus angry;
87. and, then, there are churches that will make Jesus sick;
88. and the resurrected Jesus Christ does three things here.
89. First, He alerts the people to their disastrous condition.
90. Secondly, He advises them to turn away from their disastrous condition;
91. and, thirdly, He awards them if they renounce their disastrous condition.
92. Let me repeat those three things again, because we will not have time to go through them;
93. and, in the next broadcast, we will look at those three things in detail.
94. First, He alerts the believers;
95. and, secondly, He advises the believers;
96. and, thirdly, He awards the repentant believers.
97. I hope you tune in next time so you can hear in detail those three things.
98. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.