Back to School Shopping: Free Gold, White Garments, Eye Salve

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” Revelation 3:18

Great video for your teenager (and you – we all need reminding we are worthy of His love!).  I highly recommend Britt Nicole’s new album for your family!

The Woman of Worth Mentoring Ministries group is studying Revelation.  This verse caught my eye and I read some commentaries.  God was revealing specific issues to the church of Laodicea through John. The Laodiceans needed to be reminded that their wealth and materialism were causing them to be luke warm about God.  Jesus was reminding them that He is the source of all joy and peace. 

Remember me? 

Jesus offers them free gold that is refined by fire, which is a strong character produced by suffering and trusting Him through our suffering.  He offered white garments instead of conforming to the sins of the world.  He offered a new lens from which to view the world – healing Jesus’ salve.

There was a famous medical school at Laodicea. This “eye salve” was a Phrygian powder used by oculist at the temple of Asclepius. They did not need to go to occultists; they only need to go to Jesus. If we use Jesus’ salve, we will acquire true knowledge of our spiritual condition and we will see the claims of Christ to correct that condition. We need to open our eyes to spiritual truth.  (

I thought about all our energy and excitement around back to school shopping!  I pray we can spend time as a family adding these three things to the list:

1. Asking God to build character in us through the coming year and refine us as pure gold.

2. Remember to clothe ourselves each day in His love, purity, and Word. (Get the Bible out and let’s read!)

3.  Keep our eyes from worthless things and focus on Him. ( Turn our eyes toward Jesus, look full in His wonderful face!)

The remaining verses of Chapter 3 –

19 Those whom I dearly and tenderly love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.

21 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne.


Idea: I hope to spend time with my family in discussion of the coming year and adding these to our list of school supplies!  It doesn’t need to be an hour-long lecture, just a reading of the verse, some highlights, and prayer.  You might want to ask each family member what that particular item will look like in the coming year?

How will you incorporate clothing yourself with God’s Word and love? 

Do you feel you are focused on Jesus?  What does that look like in your day-to-day life activities?

What could we change to make that better?  

What struggles have happened in the past that you feel have built character,  and how will you approach challenges this year knowing God is with you and will help you?  Celebrate the struggles God has brought you through and talk about how you and God solved them!

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