The Faithful and True Witness, Jesus Christ, says that Laodicea lacks reality.
Revelation 3:17 “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
They are, in fact, not what they say they are.
But why? They might have a head knowledge of the Word of God, the Bible.
2 Timothy 2:6 “The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits.”
Here is where a great deal of the problem is.
The Lord’s husbandman: those He puts over His local churches, have not the fruit of the Spirit, in their lives, as they should.
They, therefore, can not pass on what they do not have.
Doctrine, sound doctrine, must be taught, and preached.
But it is only doctrine appropriated into their own lives, that counts.
If they have the experience that they are preaching or teaching on; then the Holy Spirit will honor them and their word.
If they do not, then the word might be honored, as a good lesson; but the real power is lacking, and it falls short of what the Lord wants to give. (For He has so much He wants for us)
Head knowledge will give a mental agreement with certain facts.
But it is the apprehension of those same facts in our experience that will save us, and set us free!
Example: I used to ask the Lord, “Why?” a lot. Why did this happen? Why does that not happen?
He let me: sometimes explaining; sometimes telling me to just trust.
But finally, He “explained”, that I was not a child; and I was to do what He wanted without explanation.
(Real Obedience is to a person, or a cause; not just because it is reasonable.)
I actually thought He did not mean it. (Boy, was I wrong)
He began to deal with me every time I asked why; till it got to the point that it even hurt to think why!
I confessed my childishness, and rebellion; and stopped asking.
And something wonderful happened: I had peace. I had joy.
I had not had them when I was asking for reasons. But I did now.
That experience showed me that God is Very Personal.
That He “put up with” me for a while is amazing.
Yet when He said this was not to be anymore, He showed me something more amazing: He was to be trusted….how much do we really do that?
For HIs peace in the everyday trials, and His joy is of so much more value than the reasons I was trusting in.
To hear God is Trustworthy is one thing; to experience it is another.
The Lord wants all His children to experience all He has for us: His love, His peace (and it does pass understanding…keeping our hearts and minds), His joy.
He calls us to a life open to and receptive to Him.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
The “door” that we open is the door of our lives. Open to Him and His fellowship.