The church in Laodicea is lukewarm – like bad coffee – and Jesus says He will spit them out. It is a vivid illustration, and it shows Christ’s love for us.
It is love, even though it is a warning. The Christians in Laodicea think they are close to Christ – they have riches, they have comfort (when the churches around them are suffering). They are NOT close to Christ – not close to the suffering, not close to fighting injustice and standing for truth. Jesus wants them to stand with their brothers and sisters and be willing to lose their riches and suffering – that is the gold that has gone through the fire, our desires purified so that we want nothing more than HIM.
Jesus loves them, and they are being disciplined. He wants to eat with them, talk to them – He wants to do all of these things with us. Have we become too comfortable? Do we want nothing more than Him?