*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*WHAT IS GAIN TO CHRIST?*
Rev 3:17 *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:*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Self-satisfaction leads to self- deception.
The letter to the church in Laodicea
warns us that to believe the best of ourselves is to believe in ourselves.
Christ does not have any problems with His children believing in what they could do or achieve themselves.
We must, however, always check our spiritual states or conditions.
To be neither cold nor hot is so dangerous and condemned by Christ, Rev 3:15.
The spiritual state of the church in Laodicea was very bad.
They were applauded as a well furnished church, but Christ was having none of it. The church was no gain to Christ.
They were cold and calculated hypocrites.
The victim of coldness could be converted, but who will convert a person who thinks himself sincere or faithful?
How do you convert a hypocrite?
Who will convert or change a person who is able to deceive the very elect, ref Matt 24:24?
Prosperity could ensnare us if badly managed.
By this letter, Jesus was telling the church in Laodicea that when wealth comes, it could lead us to abandon God. Christ would mean nothing to us even when we are admonished. We develop a know-all attitude. We are not only physically proud but also spiritually. This is the danger inherent in worldly prosperity.
Check back with Christ always. Oftentimes, what life brings to us as gains may be loss with Christ.
Remember Phillipians 3:8 *Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but dung, that I may win Christ.*
In all we do, let us always ask ourselves, "What is gain to Christ?"
In all we do, we must never be blind to our real spiritual condition.
*Call to Word action.*
Hosea 12:8 *Ephraim boasts, “I am very rich; I have become wealthy. With all my wealth, they will not find in me any iniquity or sin.”*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Spiritual pride and lukewarmness are more than often produced by worldly prosperity,
Let me live to gain Christ always, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.