“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Buying from the Lord
(Please read Revelation 3:14-19)
Perhaps the city of Laodicea had been on an economic boom. Even the church members had money, and they allowed it to blind them so thoroughly that they thought they needed nothing else. But the Lord knew better; he told them they were wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. His counsel as to how to remedy their situation included a phrase that we don’t often hear much about. It’s the words, “buy from me.”
Certainly people who had material wealth already, and had let it go to their heads, didn’t need to possess even more gold of the literal variety. But they could sure use some spiritual wealth, couldn’t they? And some spiritual clothing, and some spiritual eyesight, as well. So Jesus told them to buy it.
How could they “buy” from the Lord? What would be the exchange medium? The same currency, we suppose, that Isaiah had in mind when he invited the “thirsty” to “come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost” (55:2, NIV). Yes, we can “buy” from the Lord without money. We can come in repentance and exchange our guilt for the otherwise unattainable spiritual riches of Christ. With that possibility in mind, the prophet continued, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?”
Why, indeed? Whatever our reasons for being obsessed with gaining wealth, if our lives are tilted in that direction, we have some remedial work to do. May the Lord bless us as we seek to place our true treasures in heaven.