July 23, 2018
Hot, Cold, or Lukewarm?
Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16
Lukewarm coffee! Terrible, isn’t it, when you are anticipating a steaming hot cup? How about drinking a glass of lukewarm water when the temperature is 100 degrees? Maybe lukewarm 7-Up would be better?
To most of us, lukewarm is repulsive, and it is repulsive to God also. He told the church at
What does it mean to be lukewarm spiritually? The cold are obviously those who are not interested in pleasing God. The hot are almost as obvious—those who care only for pleasing God. But who, then, are the lukewarm? Clearly, they are the people who are in the middle—not cold or hot.
While it may be obvious that the lukewarm people are in the middle, it may not be so easy to detect how people arrive in this position spiritually. Liquid moves from hot to lukewarm, or from cold to lukewarm, by just sitting at room temperature. What happens to our spiritual lives if we “just sit”?
Our society in the
What “great tribulations” do we face? Possibly one of the greatest dangers in our Christian experience is to become lukewarm. The cares of life can
distract us from being concerned only with pleasing God. Possessions can become a burden. Remember those at
Staying hot spiritually takes effort. It takes fighting against being lukewarm with disciplined, earnest prayer and a love for God’s Word and the truth. We must “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). Our ardor will determine our destiny.