August 7, 2016
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16
Have you ever had a cup of hot Dr. Pepper? It is surprisingly good! Many years ago, while at a friend’s house, we had the opportunity to try some. Dr. Pepper in a glass with ice is good, too. However, warm Dr. Pepper is pretty awful. Anyone who has experienced opening a can of pop and taking a big drink, only to find that it is warm, knows it is definitely not good!
God does not like warm “drinks” in His mouth either. Our focus verse says the Lord would rather we be either hot or cold; if we are lukewarm, He will spew us out of His mouth. This verse got me thinking about what a “lukewarm” Christian would be like. If one who is “hot” earnestly seeks the Lord and zealously works for Him, and a “cold” person is not saved at all, then lukewarm is between those two. It is one who is saved but has no passion or zeal for the Gospel. According to our focus verse, a Christian cannot last long in that condition.
If we find ourselves “cooling off,” what can we do? A wonderful pastor once gave me advice about this. He said, “Think about what you’re doing while you’re doing it.” That means putting aside thoughts of our busy schedules when we come to church, focusing on God instead. As we sing hymns, we want to think about the words and what they mean. During the testimony service, we should be listening to the Holy Spirit in case He prompts us to share a testimony that someone in the congregation needs to hear. As the sermon is given, we want to hear the message God has for us that day, and the prayer service is a good opportunity to apply that message to our lives and renew our strength in the Lord.
It can be easy to settle into a routine in our Christian walk and forget the importance of what we are doing. But think of Jesus standing at the door to welcome you the next time you go to His house, because He is really there! We are privileged to be able to meet with Him, and we want to take advantage of that opportunity.
When we serve the Lord with zeal and passion, our lives overflow with His love and we become a blessing to those around us. Today is a good day to make sure our walk with the Lord is not lukewarm!