The following verse describes the state of the church in Laodicea during the first century. It could equally be said of many churches in America today.
“Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind an naked” (Revelation 3:17).
Churches in America are wealthier than any churches in the world. The temptation to have the attitude described is very easy. Many churches pride themselves on being so wealthy, teaching that it is a blessing from God, which they ought to expect for their obedience to Him. Sadly, there are many who don’t know that really they stand broken before the Lord. Well might the American church heed the advice of the next verse:
“I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the same of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see” (Revelation 3:18).
The counsel is to find your riches and your righteousness in Jesus Christ (who is speaking) and not in your own merits.