February 18, 2019

Nothing Nice to Say?

February 18, 2019


Revelation 3:14-22
This weekend’s reading: Revelation 3:14-22

Warning:  Just as John in this scripture had some challenging words to the Laodiceans, this devotion may have challenging words for us.
Dino, a good-for-nothing gangster, died.  His brother, Geno, order the priest, “No matter what you say during his eulogy, you must call my brother a saint.”  During the eulogy, the priest told about how Dino was a liar, murderer, cheater, robber, rapist, and manipulator.  Then he added, “But compared to his living brother sitting here, our deceased Dino was a saint.”
Of the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 to which John writes, Laodicea is the only church for which John had nothing good to say.  Can you imagine not having one good thing to say about a church?  Can you imagine not having one good thing to say about a person?
While a very wealthy center of banking and commerce, John says Laodicea was spiritually poor.
While known for their expensive garments, John says Laodicea was spiritual naked.
While known as a medical center, even until the 1800’s, and especially known for manufacturing a salve-type medicine for the eyes, John says Laodicea spiritually blind.
Here is hope:  Even though they were spiritually poor, naked, and blind, in verse 20, John says that Jesus is knocking on the doors of their hearts.
While reading scripture, I ask, “Lord, what are you saying to me?”  This scripture causes me to ask, “Where am I spiritually poor, naked, and blind?”


  • List three or more areas in your spiritual life in which you ARE growing.
  • List one or more areas in you life in which you know you are spiritual poor, naked, and/or blind.


  • Take turns placing a blind-fold over the eyes of each person, maybe even carefully walk around the room.  The person wearing the blindfold describes what is like not being able to see.
  • Discuss how much easier it is being able to see walking in the light.
  • Discuss about how much easier it is walking in the light, love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus than walking in darkness of hate, resentment, and anger.

Most loving gracious, Lord.  I pray for you to help me grow in your light, love, grace, and forgiveness.  I ask that you help me uncover the blind spots in my life.  Open my eyes so that I may see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  In your gracious name, I pray. Amen.