Did you hear that? Did I, did you, did we, did the Church, did America fall into a lukewarm pool of unbelief?
Cold is just…well cold. It is chilly, cool, icy, frosty, frigid, bitter, biting, or possibly numb. It has been described as emotionally lacking affection or warmth of feeling; unemotional, unfriendly, inhospitable, and unwelcoming. It is unconscious; or it could be dead; or simply going through the motions of un-emotion.
And there are just as many unpleasant words that could describe lukewarm such as tepid, indifferent, halfhearted, apathetic, unenthusiastic, noncommittal, uninterested or how about….just plain distracted or perhaps too busy.
Have you taken your temperature lately? Is it hot, cold, or lukewarm? There is only one correct temperature to choose if you are a child of God; a true follower of Christ. That is the temperature setting of hot. Is your faith on fire? I don’t know about you but that convicts me.
What is your temperature? What is mine or the temperature of Christ’ Church?
What is the temperature of America for Christ?
This is a verse that I don’t need to ponder. For me, just the thought of being spit from the mouth of Christ is sheer angst. It would give meaning to more than mere tastelessness. One can tolerate tastelessness. But to spit something from ones mouth would indicate something tasting disgusting. Christ would then say he is disgusted by lukewarm; and he is “about to spit you out”.
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: “The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
“I know your works, you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of you nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
When I study this scripture I can’t help but think of what was said a few years ago regarding the faith of America. “America is not a Christian Nation”, said Obama. I was stunned in disbelief when I heard this comment, and was appalled at the audacity of these words. I still am.
In this scripture, Christ was speaking to the Church in Laodicea. It is a love letter of warning. When I read and hear this scripture I hear not only a warning to the Church of Laodicea; but also a warning to the Church today, but a warning to America, and a warning to each of us; those who make up Christ’ Church.
I don’t know about you but I never want to be a lukewarm follower of Christ. I never want there to be a doubt where I stand with Him; in my words; in my actions and in my works. Did you hear the words about the one who conquers? The Conquerors will sit with Christ on His throne.
My heart’s desire is to be that of Conqueror. It is my hope; my prayer that it is yours too. But I know that in preparation we need the proper clothing and eyes that are anointed. I know that without being clothed IN Christ we cannot be a Conqueror. In order to stand with Him, we must be fully clothed In Him. It is only then that we can be seated next to Him; as a Conqueror.
“May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the Light, Love and Joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel to Him to fill full of His Spirit and Love.”
~ Andrew Murray
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might”.