REPOST Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, provided by Christine Li, was first posted on September 6, 2015. Christine, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, serves as a deaconess at Remnant Church in Manhattan, New York.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“An Unpleasant But Necessary Diagnosis”
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. 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. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.
Of all health checkups that I should get once a year, the appointment I loathe scheduling is with the eye doctor. When growing up, my yearly exams were accompanied by big jumps in my worsening vision. Even though I have maintained the same prescription for years, sometimes I wish I could avoid checkups and the reminder of my poor eyesight. But no matter how unpleasant bad news about my vision may be, proper assessment and correction is still more essential.
Jesus’ condemnation of the church in Laodicea was that the members had such poor vision that they were completely wrong about their spiritual condition. Satisfied by the work of their hands, they thought they were well-off and, as a result, had no hunger to seek God. They were content to carry on without His input, but they remained unaware of how blind and miserable they truly were.
Don’t we, too, do the same thing? Believing that “ignorance is bliss,” we would rather avoid His scrutiny so that we can continue living as we currently do. It is easier to settle for being a “good-enough” Christian and be apathetic to our spiritual condition; however, a heart that wants holiness and God’s standards should be more desirable to us. We need Him to give us an eager heart that discovers and repents of the sin in our lives.
God’s purpose here, of course, is not to give us a hard time or a take-away that our condition is deplorable. Christ reminds us that we can ask for and receive the very things we lack – heavenly riches and robes that cover our shame. He does not intend to correct our vision so we only see our humiliatingly needy souls; our eyes will fall upon the gracious gift of righteousness He provides.
While it can be hard to voluntarily submit ourselves for an examination, let’s trust that this is a joyful opportunity to experience His immeasurable mercy. As we approach Him today, may we ask Him to correct our vision so we can discover His generous love over and over again.
Prayer: Father, I want to see clearly! Keep me from being wise in my own eyes and unaware of my true spiritual state. Help me to encounter You, and let the mercy and grace I receive from You be more precious than the comforts of my tepid, “good-enough” living. Restore in me a heart that fervently seeks You all my days. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Romans 8