‘Tis the season. When everyone wants us to buy something. When there are more opportunities to spend our money than perhaps we ever realized. For those of us south of the border, we’ve been through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday (where did that come from?). Our mailboxes, both real and electronic, fill up with promotions beckoning us to take advantage of these once a year deals. Maybe that’s why when I saw the word “buy” in one of my readings this morning I paused to reflect on what was being sold.
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.” ~ Jesus
(Revelation 3:18 ESV)
Jesus, “the Amen, the faithful and true witness” tells it like it is to the church of Laodicea. “I know your works,” He says. “Lukewarm, neither hot nor cold,” He says. Hard to stomach, He says.
They were going through the motions. Devotions in the morning, distracted disobedience through the rest of the day. Doing church on Sunday, living for the world the rest of the week.
They thought they were doing pretty well tracking for the kingdom. Not so, says the King. They saw themselves as rich and having it all when, in fact, they were “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked”–having nothing. And to those in such a state, to those Jesus loves even though in such a state, He makes the offer, “Buy from Me.”
Buy from Me gold. Genuine, 24 carat faith. Don’t avoid the fire of the world’s animosity towards Christ and His kingdom by pretending to be of the world. And don’t cave under the pressure of various trials that will inevitably come your way. Instead, stand fast, take it on the chin for Jesus, feel the heat of a hostile world. Take it on the chin with Jesus and endure the crucible through all manner of adversity. For in this, “the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1Peter 1:7).
And buy from Me white garments. Clothes that you could never make for yourself. Be covered with garments of salvation, envelope yourself in robes of righteousness. The righteousness of Another. His spotless life credited to your account. His holy nature infused with yours. Stop trying to sew such garments for yourself–it’ll never happen. Buy them from Me.
And buy from Me salve for your eyes. Receive the anointing of my Holy Spirit and He will reveal things as they truly are. Gain true spiritual vision through His enlightenment. He will show sin for what it is and will remind you afresh of the once for all atoning sacrifice for sin. He will keep it real. And He will keep the cross in focus.
Buy from Me! Not ’cause it’s cheap at this time of year. Nothing inexpensive about it. Gold, garments, and salve available only because a great price was paid.
Yet free to us. Ours for the asking. And what’s more, He delivers it Himself to our door.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.” ~ Jesus
(Revelation 3:20 ESV)
Talk about your Prime delivery! Jesus Himself. At the door. With the gold. With the garments. With the salve.
Purchased in full. Ours to appropriate with but sincere desire and heartfelt repentance (3:19).
No gimmicks. No qualifying credit score needed. No minimum down with a convenient payment plan to follow. Just Jesus, Himself. Beckoning the lukewarm, pleading with those He loves, “Buy from Me.”
Because of grace. For His glory.