The Church of the Laodiceans
The seventh and final church that John wrote about the Church of the Laodiceans (Rev. 3:14-22). This church was the only church that was named not just in (or of) a city; it was the church “of the people,” specifically of the Laodiceans. This was a lukewarm church that had everything going right for them naturally with money, riches, and health. However, God does base his measure of us being right on the things that we have.
God told the church of the Laodiceans in vs. 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.” They thought they had everything that they needed but God called them wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked! Remember the church in Smyrna, they were the opposite of the Laodiceans (in tribulation and poverty) but God called them rich! Though they were spiritually off, the Lord wasn’t giving up on the Laodiceans; instead He still loved them and commanded them to REPENT!
God had separated Himself from them, but He didn’t go far when He left them! “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20). God made an individual call to them, just as He’s making to us today. Life is not about money or status; it’s about Jesus!