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The work of Jesus is about repentance, refreshment, and restoration.
The church of Laodicea was a successful group, yet they measured success by the same exact standards as their culture. Many of us do the exact same thing; we judge success according to the values of our culture. Jesus calls out to this church, urging them to be a healing community or a refreshing community to this world. But they are not; they are lukewarm. They do not offer anything to the world because they have become just like them. Jesus is speaking to all of us who have grown complacent in our success. He is begging us to wake up to the reality of our desperate need of him. We are a poor, wretched, pitiable people who have been saved by a great, magnificent savior, and he calls us to repent of trying to solve our problems on our own and to cling to his death and resurrection as our only hope. All those who repent and turn away from their self-sufficiency and rely on Jesus will find that he gives more than they could ever imagine, for he gives himself.