While this chapter contains one of the most used and most well known verses in all of Revelation, the letters to the churches remain very consistent. Go ahead and turn to verses 15-16 where we read John say: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” These verses have always been taken to apply to us so that we would increase our fervor in respect to our faith. We can’t just cruise along and coast and hope and think that all things are copacetic.
What would a letter to the church in Strasburg sound like?
And to the angel of the church in Strasburg write: I know your works and I hold you close to my heart. For many years you have followed the desires of the Lord even in the midst of struggles and challenges. You have been faithful in many things, yet I have this against you. There have been times of dissension and separation, but those times are behind you now. Put those experiences to rest and focus on the good that the Lord is doing in you midst. There is much that the Lord is doing, rejoice and be glad in it.
To those who would want to focus on anger directed to a false loyalty to a piece of cloth, or to those who would want to be divided by political factions and issues that God’s Word does not address, I say that they will pursue these issues and not find any joy in life. Find joy and purpose on those things that Jesus spoke about and taught. Find joy and purpose in feeding the hungry, caring for the widow and the orphan. Find joy in uplifting the downtrodden and comforting those who mourn. The more we try to find joy in those areas where Jesus taught us to focus on, the more we will find the kingdom of God. Listen to what the spirit is saying to the church in Strasburg.