I am reminded why I don’t want to live in my own dream world when I read Revelation 3:14–22. When we live in our own dream world, happy pursuing earthly treasures and pleasures, we are lethargic toward God. We don’t ask him for anything because we aren’t aware we even need it. We think we are rich and dressed well, on the right path, totally self-sufficient.
Jesus is saying to this church, and every person, wake up and see reality.
You are wretched and collecting junk.
What we need is a heart attuned to spiritual reality, clarity to see our need and humility to ask for help. That can be our prayer daily – Lord, open my eyes to who I am and how much I need you. Open my eyes to who you are so I can spend my days eager to worship you and seek you more than anything.
The other night my family watched a recent Christian movie called “The Encounter”. An assortment of people trying to make sense of their messed up lives suddenly encounter Jesus at a diner. I know, it sounds cheesy. But, actually it was pretty good. What stood out to me was that those who are open to coming to Jesus in their desperation just had to ask Jesus for help.
not solve all their problems first or resign to unobtainable goals or stricter rules. Just say, “Help me, Jesus. I need you”. Open my eyes to reality so I can get free from this nightmare I’ve made my life into. Without you, I seem to always be empty and desperate. But with you, I finally can know contentment and joy.
Revelation 3:14-22 (NIV)
To the Church in Laodicea
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”