Galatians 5:13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
It’s highly arguable that most believers in America use their “freedom” in part to fulfill the American Dream—to enjoy heaven on earth. The right to pursue happiness of course is an unalienable right guaranteed by America’s Declaration of Independence. Speaking from an earthly perspective this right is irresistible, and the reason why so many people want to immigrate to America. But the word of God teaches us that the freedom the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to give us is not to indulge our flesh, focusing our time and efforts on pursuing the American Dream. Rather it’s to serve one another. It’s to obey the Lord’s commands, especially during these very Last Days before the end.
But we’ve used our “freedom” to pursue happiness and fulfillment in this life—instead of seeking his kingdom and his righteousness. As a result the Church in America has become a sister of the church in Laodicea.
Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing…’
The Church in America as a whole is staggeringly rich. Although we would not admit it, the “church” in America with its wealth can actually keep operating apart from God. The teaching of the Nicolaitans which Jesus hates has done its work.
Revelation 3:17 …But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
In the eyes of the Lord, the condition of the “church” in America today is more than pitiable. Why must we then do?
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me GOLD refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and WHITE CLOTHES to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and SALVE to put on your eyes, so you can see.
“GOLD” can represent the quality of our works before the Lord. In our works in obedience to His commands, we can use “gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Many if not most of us use “wood, hay and straw” in our service to the Lord—materials which will not stand the test of fire. But Jesus counsels us to buy GOLD refined in the fire, signifying the costly sacrifice we are making in our service to our Lord.
WHITE CLOTHES refers to a life of personal holiness having been transformed by the Holy Spirit to become like our Lord Jesus Christ. With SALVE on our eyes we will be able to see God clearly and focus on Him instead of on the transient things around us in this life.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and REPENT. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
If believers want our nation to be saved from the hands of the socialists, we must REPENT. After we turn from our “wicked ways” of pursuing comfort in this life, we must use GOLD in our service to the Lord during these Last Days—when we must make disciples in all people groups before the great and dreadful Day of the Lord comes.