This is a key to all that is wrong with the world at this time. Why it is this way is a long story and this is not the time or place to address this part of it to a degree. However, parts of the reason will most likely be hit upon as this article progresses.
For the last month I have turned off the world for the most part and sought to escape reality for a while by partaking in a series of fantasy fiction novels. The thing is as I read it I kept running into an issue of responsibility.
The author kept going to showing how those that wish to follow evil never took responsibility. In fact in an ironic way the core tenant to this group was that the individual must surrender all they had for the whole. Giving to those in need at great and continued sacrifice of the self.
They used the word “responsibility” as a club to surrender to the dictates of those that wish to take that which they did not earn themselves. In other words to steal from you.
This is not how the word “responsibility” is meant to work.
It is meant for each person to be accountable for their own life. Through not only what they believe and think, but how they feed and clothe themselves. This is the true meaning of this word as was driven home in multiple ways throughout these novels.
How can a fantasy novel get how we as humans behave, yet in the real world? More and more seek to let others do their work and hand them the money. Two hundred years ago this was called slavery. Now it is seen as a requirement by all, unless they are the down trodden, or those in power.
This was another point driven home in the novels. Those in power were not required to live like anyone else. If any questioned it they were the ones that were labeled as evil, not the other way as it should have been.
If you blame someone else for your plight, then you are not taking responsibility. So the only person truly doing wrong. Truly doing evil is that person that refuses to accept their own obligations.
So those in power that say you must give to your fellow humans through taxation, are in reality evil.
So those that take money from the government and yet have the ability to work even in a low paying job, are in fact evil.
So those that blame their woes upon everyone and everything other than themselves is in fact evil.
It is sad that this lesson comes through a fiction writer and not where it should come from. The person’s parents, schools and the church.
We are to seek to make our own lives better. Not take from others through taxes or any other means of theft.
I have worked multiple jobs in my lifetime. In my forties I worked to clean the floors in Walmart in the middle of the night. Why? Because I took responsibly for my own life.
This year has been rougher than some, but nowhere near my year of Job. This is the nature of living within this temporal reality we are to live in.
On one hand it has been wonderful. As I share time with the woman that God has brought into my life. For the first, I am in a happy relationship that helps both within it to grow and be content with each other’s companionship.
On the spiritual front it has been a rough year. I feel as if the rudder of my ship has become damaged and at times I drift.
I know I am to seek out further sanctification, however I see a need to surrender more of myself to accomplish this. Is this not the ever ongoing struggle that we all must deal with? We are told outright. We must place God at the center of our lives. Yet time and again it is not God we place here, but ourselves. As I write these word I know without a doubt that is my problem.
To many, they already see me as separate from them. Yet I know I must in a way separate further. However at the same exact time I must draw others closer so that they can truly see Jesus within my life. Then ultimately they can be able to see God through the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles, within the books of the New Testament.
One of my greatest challenges is trying to get people to understand that we are required to live our lives Biblically. This is a key element of sanctification.
Helping people to understand that we are required to follow the laws of the land that do not conflict with the Bible. Causing people to understand that they cannot rely upon humanity, thus the government, to care for them. That it is their responsibility to fix their own lives. Humans can’t fix humans, since all of humanity is broken. Only God can fix them.
There is only one way to see God. There is only one way to understand God. That is through Jesus Christ and His teaches which are the New Testament.
They need to understand that if it says to live a certain way they will not get into heaven. Then they need to accept this as the truth and turn from this live style.
These are the dilemmas that I am confronted with. It is a burden that is required by those that are told to be the light unto the darkness. We can only be a light if we do not reflect the world, but Jesus Christ. Yet too many reflect the world and think they are reflecting Jesus. Can any totally stop reflecting the world? No, however we must strive to ever be a brighter light. A better reflection of Jesus Christ.
These are things that I deal with constantly. These are things all that call themselves “Christian,” should deal with. Not just the Pastor, Ministers and or Priest, but ALL that call themselves a “child of God.”
For all get discouraged, especially when humans count on other humans to bear their burdens. None can bear their own. So how can they bear others as well?
Only God through Jesus Christ can bear the weight. Of this I have no doubt. For Jesus Christ has helped me with mine, and He can handle everyone’s. This was why He went to the cross. For the burdens of all that have lived, that are alive and that will live.
Recently I was described as having “White Knight Syndrome.” So I got curious and looked to see if there really was such a thing and guess what, there is. The way it was described in short was a man that seeks out several women at once that wants to rescue them from their problems and feels that women are weak and require a strong man to come to their aid amongst other non-appealing traits.
I read this and just said “You have to be kidding.”
I really do not fit into this model not even in the slightest. Being a Christian I have learned through study and pray as well as trial and error, that if you wish to be the head of the household you are in fact becoming the leader of it. It says plainly in the Bible that if you lead you must become a servant. So as a Christian male and head of a household I am to place all within this household before myself and so be a servant unto them.
Now that does not mean you become a butler and wait upon everyone in the house, catering to their every need like I have read some women actually want, which also describes my fist wife. Being a Christian man, I know that I am to strive to make those within my home happy. I do this through working a job and providing an income. I do this by providing a roof over our heads. I do this by see that all are fed, clothed and given a good education if they are my children.
This must all be done before I consider doing anything for myself. Does this mean I have to rescue the woman I call my wife? No. Admittedly, my two marriages have not worked out, one due to my first wife wanting a butler, which she now has. The second is a bit more difficult to explain, but there was really no “White Knight Syndrome” involved. By the way, this is where the part of “trial and error” came into play as I mentioned earlier.
What I do know is that being a Christian man is that you care, especially for those that you love and cherish. Sure, you would like to “rescue” them from time to time, but that cannot happen all the time. They need to fall then pick themselves up, and be allowed to turn to God and seek Him out.
When I wrote this I was divorced for the 2nd time. I have since remarried. I found it interesting and prove that God is real in this third instance.
I knew I couldn’t be unmarried for I knew I would live in sin. However, I had grown unhappy with how things were going with looking for someone new. I turned it over to God. That same week, my now wife turned over her frustration on the same issue to God. We then after being on “Christian Mingle” for two year found each other there for the first time.
My wife is my soulmate and the person God sent to rescue me, not the other way around. I have never been happier in my life. All praise and glory to the Lord Almighty through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
The left has been slowly destroying the truth for over a hundred years now. Twisting the truth and blocking it from as many as possible. They promise you the freedom to live your life as you want to. They allow you to live a life that those that call themselves “Christian” say is wrong and something that will make you unsavory. They make those that follow the teachings of the Bible as the villain, evil, monsters. This is the trap, these are the lies.
It is something that is difficult to comprehend in just one post, but it is something those reading this need to seriously start to wonder about. What if what you have been told is not true? What if the Bible does have truth to it?
Here is the thing. You at this moment feel that everything is wonderful. You are living free. You are living a life the way you want. Free to live it as you see fit. Without rules and constraints, but is this the real freedom that has been drilled into most of the populous of the world itself? Ponder upon that for a few moments.
This life gives you a lot of things. People seek after wealth, importance and other things. They wish to live like those that appear on the screens and desire to be like them. They limit all their wants and desires to this lifetime.
However, what if this one hundred or so years is not all there is. What if there is more to this existence than this mere life time? What if this life time is only a test? A test to see if we are going to live the true “freedom.” A freedom that would allow us to fly and live experiences that people only dream about. That they write about in books, TV and movies. These “fantasies” that they call only dreams.
I can honestly say that I don’t know what will be what is beyond what is written in the Bible. One thousand years after the return of Christ and after the Great White Throne Judgment the eternal life times the Bible promises will begin for all.
You have read, seen and dreamed about humanity elevating to a higher level. This is part of the mechanism of the trap. A promise in a fantasy, a dream, but it is a reality that all will reach. All will accomplish. But here is the problem. Why is there a trap?
There is a choice that all must make, but many, due to the events of the last hundred years, aren’t even aware there really is a choice. Most don’t understand, nor do they ever wish to know the Bible. Many have been told it is false teachings. That it is something from a time when humanity was ignorant. So how can they see what or what is not real. What or what is not a trap.
Are you willing to have your life torn apart because you have been living what you thought to be true, but in reality is a lie? Are you willing to take a chance to not live one hundred years but billions? What awaits in the future for those that choose to follow the teaching of the Bible? What if the Bible is totally true? Then this life you now live without Jesus Christ is the trap. True traps when you try to escape them are painful. They hurt they tear and they destroy, but if you escape you are happier than you were while you were in the trap. Are you willing to take the chance?
What many have never realized is that the very life they are living at this very moment is a test, the ultimate test. It is the ultimate puzzle, the ultimate question and answer, the ultimate essay, the ultimate thesis.
Many will say no it is not, but yes it is. They will then say there is no instruction, no rules so it is no test, but yes there is. We are told within it that all must teach the children, before the age of accountability, these rules so when the time comes they will be well prepared on which turn within the maze of life they should take on that particular moment on a particular day. Many times there will be multiple choice questions given and it is up to the person to answer. Sometimes with only less than a second to respond then there will be other days that it can take minutes, hours, days and even years to answer the question correctly. It is a test that has a passing grade and a failing grade, and far too many that think they are passing are failing at this time. Because it is either or, not somewhere in the middle, for there is no middle.
But what is this instruction manual? What is the grading system? It is the Bible and the grading system is following it and not doing what it says you must not do. Yet many go about this world today saying: “that is a lie that is not true. I can live in my sin and God will still accept me as I am.” BBBUUUUZZZZZ …. Automatic fail, sorry wrong answer, not going to work.
One of the primary rules after asking Jesus Christ into your heart is to repent from sin.
In the Hebrew repent is “nacham” which means to be sorry, but in the Greek it is “metanoeo,” which means to think differently or afterwards, i.e. reconsider. To be sorry for what you have done yet to reconsider your lifestyle and to start to think differently; to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins. In the Hebrew there was the sacrifice to fall back upon, but that was taken away when Christ hung upon the cross in our place. Now we must turn away from the sin for we have no sacrifice to fall back upon to cleanse us once again for Christ cannot return onto that cross again. (Hebrews 6:4-8)
If you live in a sin and are not made sick to your stomach when you slip and fall back into it then you have not experienced true repentance. You love the sin over your desire to be one of the winners, one of the ones that God will acknowledge as having passed His many tests. Any that says you can live within your sin and still be one with God has lied to you for they themselves have failed the test and do not wish to be within the loser circle allow. For misery truly does enjoy company.
This is why it is so important to read the instruction manual, the Bible. Know what is truly right and know what is truly bad. Too many think they can live their lives as if just saying the words: “I am a Christian” is enough, it is not. You must truly live the life of a Christian. Will we slip and fall time to time? Yes we will, but if we have a truly repentant heart then we will strife not to repeat that particular sin once again because it will sicken our hearts and our stomachs at having failed God. How do I know this? Because that is how I feel every time I let God down.
You cannot live in a sin and even attempt to legitimize it through the laws of man for only the laws of God truly apply within this test. If you attempt to legitimize it you are in actuality compounding that sin for by legitimizing it you are saying the sin is greater than God and nothing is greater than Him.
This is what needs to be taught. This is what needs to be understood. For as a “Christian” we are told to love all, but to truly give this love we must reprove, rebuke and exhort (2 Timothy 4:1-5). What I am doing here is exhorting. I am trying to explain in love that if you truly wish to live the eternal life which is the reward for passing the test, which is this present life, you must turn away from sin, not embrace it and say to yourself “God loves me as I am.” Yes God loves you, but he hates the sin, so how can He fully love you if you are tainted with something that repels Him. Love is a two way street, if you truly and completely love God as we are told we must do (Mark 12:30), then you will willingly turn from your sin. Will it be painful? Yes, for God is our parent and a parent chastises that which he loves (Proverb 13:24). Any that says otherwise has failed the test. Any not willing to hear, has failed the test. There will be millions of winners, but there will be billions of losers, for the road to everlasting life is a narrow and arduous road(Matthew 7:13-14), but it is a road that must be taken if you wish to pass the ultimate test.
That is verse seventeen of the fourth chapter of James. This one sentence carries much more weight than most give it credit, which is a very sad statement.
If you know you are doing something that the Bible says you should not, you have sinned.
If things in the world that you have some way of correcting and aiming it back toward God. Yet you do nothing, you have sinned.
If you know God, yet do not correctly teach of Him to your children and they enter into a sinful live. You too have sinned.
So like I said this one sentence carries a lot of weight.
No let’s expand this to the entire teaching that led up to this sentence.
James 4:13 – Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
“Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
Our lives are fleeting, temporary. Most go through this life, even those that call themselves “Christian,” and all they say is I will do this with my life, I will plan for this event or that event. All you see is the word “I.”
This teaching shows that it is not we that should be the topic of our lives, but God, His Son and the teachings of the Bible. Yet most go about treating God as a genie that is there to serve them and their desires. This is the furthest thing away from what the Bible teaches.
We are to be the servants. We are the ones that are to ask God what it is we are to do. It maybe to raise a family. It maybe to work a job. It maybe to run a nation. As long as we keep God as the master. The focal point, then we are serving God. We are doing what we are supposed to do.
When we keep God the core of our life. Then when we see sin and we have power to stop it or draw attention to it we are to do so. Otherwise we sin. If we disobey the laws of the land which we are told we must not do in Titus 3:1, then we sin.
If we allow those that have turned against God to take control and we have power to stop it, yet do nothing, then we sin.
Our lives are not ours, but God’s. We are only here for a short time. For this life we now live is not all there is to our existence. This life is merely a stepping stone toward an eternal life. An eternal life that will either be spent as a servant of God or writhing in agony, because we sinned.
This is the importance of this teaching, and it is a teaching that is not being taught enough.
First off do you belief that in the theory of there being a multiverse to be real?
If the answer to this is yes then the concept was proven when it was stated that God is in “heaven.” Where God is, is a different reality. It even works under its own time structure. For one day to God is one thousand years to this reality.
2 Peter 3:8 – But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.
Where heaven or as it is also called “paradise,” is located not in the same reality as where God is. However, we do know that from heaven you can see hell.
Luke 16:19 – Jesus said, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.
22 “Finally, the poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the heavenly banquet. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and he went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side.
24 “The rich man shouted, ‘Father Abraham, have some pity! Send Lazarus over here to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue. I am in anguish in these flames.’
25 “But Abraham said to him, ‘Son, remember that during your lifetime you had everything you wanted, and Lazarus had nothing. So now he is here being comforted, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides, there is a great chasm separating us. No one can cross over to you from here, and no one can cross over to us from there.’
27 “Then the rich man said, ‘Please, Father Abraham, at least send him to my father’s home. 28 For I have five brothers, and I want him to warn them so they don’t end up in this place of torment.’
29 “But Abraham said, ‘Moses and the prophets have warned them. Your brothers can read what they wrote.’
30 “The rich man replied, ‘No, Father Abraham! But if someone is sent to them from the dead, then they will repent of their sins and turn to God.’
31 “But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Please note this last verse and think upon it. Anyway onward we go.
This also shows that heaven and hell are temporary. They are just a weight station unto the next phase of existence.
This next phase is something taught by those that even fully deny the existence of God. Yet again it is something promised to all. Not just our descendants that live hundreds or thousands of years from now. It is promised to everyone that ever was, ever is and ever will be.
The way these people sell their bill of goods allows them to cause those that now and have lived. That their mundane lives will mean something in the end. Even if they do not personally “reach” the point of “transition into a higher lifeform.”
The kicker is we will all experience this transition into a higher lifeform. This is promised within the Bible.
1 Corinthians 15:53 – For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
It will not only come to our descendants, but ourselves and our ancestors.
The sad part about this is a price that is requires to have a good eternal existence, as was witnessed above with the parable Lazarus and the rich man.
This price though most of you that are of the millennial generation says does not exist. However, if you believe there is a multiverse you are accepting that God does exist. In turn as has been shown in pervious “Millennial outreach” articles, that Jesus did walk the earth two thousand years ago. Even those that deny God in no true understanding of history question that He did.
Jesus paid the price that is required by us upon the cross. Which is why Christians turn to Him and ask Him to be their Savior. His blood that was split upon that day nearly two thousand years ago was shown to be justified when He rose from the dead three days later. Remember I asked you to think upon that last verse early. This was Jesus telling of His own death and resurrection in this last verse as He told this parable. However none truly understood this, even the apostles at that time.
If you do not ask Jesus to be your Savior, the price must be paid by you and only those that lived an honorable life and never in anyway knew of God or His Son can expect to overcome the cost. By knowing there is the possibility of God and to deny Him does not mean those that do this will have this grace. In fact those that think this can never meet that price, which is why people must turn to Jesus.
Revelation 20:11 – And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Throughout the Bible and particularly in the New Testament there is an imagery given that being a Christian is to develop a servant type mentality. A fact in point is those who seek to be leaders must consider themselves to be a servant or more accurately a slave to those they wish to lead.
Now this is my own point of view of this, here it is why I see the requirement to strive to be this way. Satan, when he was known as Lucifer, was to have had a servant mentality. However, this is not the reality of the facts. He is willful, self-centered and seeks after his own personal reward and satisfaction. As well as control over all.
These same exact behavioral issues are seen within those that are of the world. Even though sometimes they may not see it themselves this way. They are blind to their true nature and attitude. Many even see themselves as righteous.
We are to use this temporal life to come into an acceptance that we are to serve God. We do this through following the teachings of Christ His Son and the apostles, with the books of the New Testament, supported by the Old Testament.
When you truly humble yourself and love God above all else this is a simple task to fulfill. However, since we are human we will never reach perfection as long as we live in these corrupt bodies. As we come closer to Christ and accept the life He Himself lived by becoming a human. We see the flaws within ourselves and seek to end our sin.
The further away from Jesus they are they sin more for they are blind to their sins. Thus evidence that this life is a trail to see if we can learn to become humble. For be being humble we easily adjust to our eternal life in service to the Creator of the universe. These years in this temporal existence are designed to cause those willing to understand that to center their lives upon themselves results in sorrow and misery. However, if we accept that God is to be our focal point, placing the cares and concerns of our fellow human beings above our own desires. From employer to those that hate us. We come to a point of joy that even in torture and death we will be welcomed in the warm embrace of the One who created us.
“To those that hate us?” someone in shock says aloud.
Yes. Even those that hate us to the point of killing us. For this life is like a blink of an eye compared to our eternal life yet to come. A life filled in service to God. Seeing the wonders and the beauties of the entire universe. Or an eternity in pain and unending agony. Which is it you wish to live?
I have reached the point this last weekend. I don’t know where to go from here.
I am disappointed in myself due to my sinfulness, but I still pray and believe in God and His Son.
I know I am saved, yet I ever fear of losing this salvation. I came very close once and I never ever wish to encounter that point ever again.
Christ Himself taught about human’s ability to reject Him ever after becoming a part of the vine in John 15.
Many do not wish to see it this way or even reject that losing one’s salvation is possible, but I know from almost losing my salvation that it is a truth that all most come to accept.
Everyone comes to a point in their lives of doubt and confusion. Especially when it comes to faith in God and His Son. I understand this.
When Christ appeared to Thomas, the latter would not believe the statement from the others that had already seen the risen Jesus first hand. He had to see the holes is the wrists of Christ. He has to see the hole of the spear that had been shoved into His heart to show that Jesus had actually passed into the realm of the dead. It is doubt like this that always haunts humanity even those that know God and His Son are real.
I know They are real because I still to this day remember the filling of the Holy Spirit into my body as I came into full acceptance of Jesus as my Savior. That was more than thirty years ago now. Yet I know it was real.
All I want to do is to get those that asked God into their hearts and have turned their backs upon God to awaken to the truth. Yet I know I may only reach a few, but I wish it could be more.
I have no desire to seek the spotlight, for to me only Jesus Christ deserves to be shown. However He would never need any artificial light to show His glory and radiance.
All I know for sure at this moment is that I must continue my blog, for God has blessed me with these words I now type. For as in all things that give Him glory they are inspired by the Holy Ghost, and they would not be coming from me if they were not so inspired.
This is one of those things people just don’t get. They think that these words I type come from me. That I am giving my point of view. Do I react to things I see and hear? Yes. Do these things cause me to desire to write? Yes, but I do not plan what comes from me. I do not rewrite and reform the way things come from me onto the screen of a computer. Many that have seen my blog post will see grammar error and misused words and later after I re-read it once it is post they will change. Why this is, is because I am being led by the Holy Spirit. The words just leave onto the screen going where they wish to lead. I have always written this way and I did most of this after being saved.
Yet as like now I get depressed, discouraged, confused. Because I don’t think people understand. They see a human posting words and assume they are just that. A human posting words.
That is one reason I know I was not meant to reach those that have rejected God, but those that have turned from Him, but have forgotten who it is they have turned too.
He wants them to come before Him unashamed. Yet many stand naked instead of clothed with the white linens of salvation. God loves all humanity, yet is saddened that so many say they are His when in reality they are the worlds. That they have made Him, the Creator of all to appear to be a liar, for they would rather live in the world than to spend billions upon billions of years looking at His creation in His service.
I guess this is one reason I am so confused and depressed.
So let’s do a day by day of a possible average life of a person.
Sunday if they go to church at all, they do so. The get to church. Talk to this person or that person or even a group of people.
“Did you hear that this happened to so and so?”
“Oh my no. Really?”
Then this person goes into the service. They say a pray, they listen to the singing, the preaching and then pray again. They go home.
Once there they go about their usual day. Go to a beach, go to a park, or just sit at home and watch some television.
Monday, they go to work. They ponder how to get a raise or think of a way to sell the house they now have so that they can get into a “better” area. They hobnob with their co-workers and they may spend some time after work with them. Maybe even participate in some type of sport. Basketball, baseball, golf, whatever. They go home maybe talk with the wife or kids and may even dine at the same table with them. Then they go to bed.
The rest of the week is pretty much the same as Monday. Then Saturday arrives. If they own house and do their own yard work they do some. Then maybe head off for some more sports either with friends or on the television.
Rinse and repeat time and again hardly never changing. Maybe they get a better house, a better car, hobnob with people that are of their “class,” and that is their life.
Yet they say they are Christian.
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
These words make them angry, their mind screams, NO!!
They say this is bull. This is not true. This is impossible.
I say where was God?
They reply, “We went to church!”
I say where was God?
They shout, “I JUST TOLD YOU, WE —— WENT——- TO—— CHRUCH!!!!!!! AREN’T YOU LISTENING??”
I once again say, where was God?
Dumbfounded they fix to leave this article.
Where was God when you gossiped? Not with you.
Where was God when you went to the beach? Not with you.
Where was God when you sought after a better place to live? Not with you for that is seeking after a reward upon this planet, this temporal plain of existence.
Where was God when you were hobnobbing? Were you sharing God to those with you? Were you giving your testimony?
When you woke up did you pray to God? Did you even think of God once?
Welcome to the world of the lukewarm. A world in which you are not welcome in heaven.
Revelations 3: 14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. 21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.
22 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”