For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Revelation 3:17
I love basketball. I played all the time growing up with my brother. We would play in our driveway, at youth group, or down at the park. When I read this verse I think of that kid on the team who thought he was a superstar, but was really a bench warmer. There was always one. He thought he was Seth Curry (or Reggie Miller for you old schoolers) so he would shoot three pointer after three pointer and miss most of them. Or he thought he could dribble, but couldn’t and turned the ball over. Or the one who thought he was Jordan and would drive in for some crazy lay-up, look stupid while doing so, and of course, miss the shot. It is easy to see this on the court. But churches can become like this as well with an inflated opinion of their own worth in the Kingdom.
The church at Laodicea thought they were the top of the class when they were sitting on the stool at the back of the room with the dunce cap on. They believe they are holy when Jesus wants to spit them out. All churches have sins. All congregations have blind spots, weak points, and areas of teaching that do not line up Scripture. A congregation following Christ is not a perfect one, but one that recognizes they are weak, works to shore up those weaknesses, and repents when they fail, which will be often. This is normal Christian living. But a church or a person can become so proud over time they forget this. They believe they are without weaknesses and blind spots. They start reading their own press clippings about how great they are. Continue reading