On being…. Lukewarm


Our last sermon series at church was on Revelations.

To be honest. I was dreading it. I have never like sermons on the end times. It’s because thoughts of then end times = fear.

I was thankful for this sermon series however because the Pastor didn’t come across like that. He didn’t pretend to have all the answers. He talked openly and honestly about the book.

That’s not really what this post is about however.

That series ended a couple of weeks ago. But something has stuck with me.

Revelation 3:14-16

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

It’s this lukewarm part that I have thought back on numerous times.

I do not pretend to be even remotely knowledgeable about all of this. These are just my thoughts on the matter.

lukewarm – unenthusiastic

synonyms –  indifferent, cool, half-hearted, apathetic

As of late, I feel that apathetic (meaning: showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern) has described me in many areas of my life.

That’s why that sermon and hearing those verses has struck me so hard.

That verse isn’t just speaking to the church of Laodicea, but it’s speaking to my very soul.

God knows my deeds. They are neither hot. Nor cold.

The thought of being spit out by my Savior is a sobering thought.

I am not hear to tell you what a lukewarm Christian looks like. I don’t really know to be honest.

But I know where my heart is right now.

I read my Bible, I go to church faithfully. I try to instill God-values into my children. But am I hot?

So how do I get hot?

I love coffee. Anyone who knows me knows that. I am addicted to my Italian Sweet Creme. I will not give it up for all the weight loss journeys in the world. 😉

If I don’t have time to sit and drink my coffee in the morning, my coffee will quickly get cool. I HATE lukewarm coffee. When it get’s too cool, I want to spit it out it is so gross. It is useless.

While we are on the subject of coffee. Anyone enjoy a delicious ice cold Frappuccino? ( Not in the red cup…. but in the see through cup. #joking ) But once the ice melts, it can be a little gross. Gross, like I don’t want to drink

I love a good ice cold Frappuccino.  My dear friend Lori first introduced them to me on the way home from a jr. high volleyball tournament. It was a little cup of heaven. Very useful source of caffeine to a sleep deprived volleyball coach if you ask me.

You see. Hot Drinks have their use. Cold Drinks have their use. Lukewarm drinks? Not so much for me.

I desire to be useful to God. To be used of Him.

So maybe a lukewarm Christian isn’t useful?  The thought of God wanting to spit me out of his mouth…. terrifies and humbles me all at once.

When my coffee is lukewarm, I return it to the heat to once again get hot. So while I feel lukewarm, what joy there is in knowing that I don’t have to stay that way. That I can turn to the heat and warm back up. I’m not saying that’s always easy. It takes a concerted effort to be intentional in my relationship with God. But I am on the journey. I can almost feel myself getting warmer.

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