Revelation 3:15-18 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’â€”and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and nakedâ€” I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”
Jesus was speaking to the church at Laodicea, a church which had become large, wealthy and self sufficient. And Therein is the problem. Today we have a new phenomenon, the “Mega Church”. They are rich, have incredible programs and entertainment for every member of the family, but there is one thing missing: The expositional teaching of the Word of God.
As a result of the worldwide increase in wealth, the church has become wealthy also. And when Jesus wrote to the church at Laodicea, he was writing to that final generation of churches just before He returns to earth that will have become wealthy and self reliant. It is not the size of the ministry that is important to Jesus, but the hearts of the people within that particular church. A church of 100 people with hearts right before the Lord, loving Him and living for Him, is more desirable than a church of 17,000 who are living for themselves and the next exciting spectacle at their church.