““To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of Godʼs creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 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. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 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. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” – Revelation 3:14-22 NIV
The first point we have here that God know our deeds. So I might look good in other peoples eyes or even in my own eyes but I cannot fool God.
Second point is, God knows if I am cold, lukewarm or hot.
Third point God is really concerned about lukewarm people. He says He is about to spit you out. So what would you normally spit out of your mouth ? I normally spit our a midge when it flies into my mouth. Or I normally food that has gone bad. It is not a nice thing to do, do you agree? Imagine God feels that way about you !!! Ouch !!!
So how do we define lukewarmness ?
- Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent
- Conviction – An unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
- Enthusiasm – A feeling of excitement, overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval. Passionate devotion to or interest in a cause or subject.
- Feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm; “a halfhearted effort”
- Lacking warmth, interest, enthusiasm, or involvement
Righteous – Warm
Religeous – Luke Warm
Reckless – Cold