“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
My daughter and I were driving in the car the other day and we started talking about coffee for some reason. She said, “I either like it HOT, or ICED, but none of this lukewarm stuff that has been sitting around for a while!”
I am the same way. I also LOVE tea, since I am a Brit, I prefer it HOT! I have grown to like it iced also, and I like coffee either hot or iced. There is nothing like that first sip, though, of HOT tea, or HOT coffee. Sometimes I just want that first sip, and then I don’t need to drink the rest. Another of my daughters is like me in this way, too – I often find cups of coffee around the house with just a few sips taken out! My husband also leaves cups around his work shop with about half an inch of leftover tea in them, he meant to go back and finish it but got sidetracked, and when I collect them up after a while – there is MOLD growing in them – YYUUCCKKK!!
It got me to thinking…
In the book of Revelation, The Lord Jesus Christ is speaking to the Church at Laodicea and He rebuked them for being lukewarm! He wanted them to be salt and light for Him– a shining candle that cannot be hid (Matthew 5:13-16), He wanted them to be zealous of good works (Titus 2:14), living the abundant life (John 10:10), abiding in Him—being the branch to His Vine so that He can work in and through them (John 15), and loving others as He loved them (John 13:34). I guess they weren’t doing that. In fact, He rebuked them for being ignorant of their true condition, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”! They ‘liked to think’ that they were doing well. But in reality, they were like that cup of tea or coffee that had had the first sip taken, and then left…it had gotten lukewarm…scum had formed on the top…maybe even mold if it had been a loooong time…and if someone were to take a sip of it now – YYUUCCKKK!!! They would spit it out as fast as they can, and spew it all over the place!!
Well, if He is rebuking them for being lukewarm, I am pretty sure that I don’t want to be accused of being lukewarm, either! This convicted me to look at my spiritual life. Am I HOT for Christ? Do I think about Him and pray to Him constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Am I ready to give an answer to anyone who asks me the hope that is in me (1 Peter 3:15)? Is my life marked with my love for Christ and others, or my love for ME? Am I salt and Light? Am I abiding in Him? Have I gotten sidetracked? I think that I have a looong way to go! I don’t believe that I am COLD, because that would mean spiritually dead and unsaved, and I know that I have trusted Christ as my Lord, Savior, and King…
So if I am not HOT, I must be LUKEWARM TOO!!!
Oh, Lord help me!
In the past, when sugar cubes were popular, when people offered you tea or coffee they would ask, “One lump, or two?” I think that the Lord has given me a couple of “lumps” on the head with that proverbial two-by-four today as I ponder how lukewarm I have gotten in my walk with Him.
~Graced and Grateful Grammy
I want to be known for being on fire and alive for the Lord, not lukewarm and moldy