Huh? How often do you picture Jesus feeling grossed out or sick? In fact, we might say Jesus never had those feelings because He is God. Yet in Revelation Chapter 3, Jesus not only talked about being grossed out and sick, but pinpointed the type of people that would make Him feel that way!
Revelation 3:15-16 – 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.
Wow! A sober warning to all “lukewarm” Christians that you are grossing Jesus out and making Him sick! Not a good position to be in when it comes to calling yourself a believer. What does it mean to be “lukewarm”? Who is Jesus talking to? Is it you?
The best way to understand “lukewarm” is to think in terms of water temperature. Hot water is beneficial for cooking and cleaning. Cold water is refreshing and thirst quenching. But lukewarm water is sort of blah and dormant. Yes, lukewarm water is wet, but beyond that it’s not as productive or refreshing as hot or cold water.
So essentially, Jesus is saying a lukewarm Christian is sort of blah and dormant. A lukewarm Christian is someone who is spiritually non-productive and complacent. The lukewarm Christian reflects a falling away from the Lord. Jesus told His disciples that when we stay close to Him, our lives will be spiritually productive.
John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Any fruit tree should “produce” fruit, otherwise, it essentially serves no purpose. The same holds true for lukewarm Christians, by neither being hot or cold, they essentially serve no purpose and even make Jesus sick! Yikes! That is scary!
So how do we avoid being ‘lukewarm’?
Think of a cup of coffee or ice tea. What happens over time if you don’t add fresh hot coffee or fresh ice tea? It gets lukewarm and gross. A closed system without any outside influence will eventually become dormant and the same holds true for Christians. When believers get comfortable in their faith, stay within a closed system of church and friends, and don’t live out their faith in the outside world, the risk of becoming lukewarm and dormant is high.
The deathblow to any Christian is becoming comfortable! This is when Christians become spectators rather than game changers. This is when Christians become opinionated, yet never make a difference. Don’t be that person! Don’t make Jesus sick!
Take some time this week to prayerfully ask the Lord where you have become lukewarm. Maybe it is in your spiritual devotions, sharing your faith, serving in church, tithing, etc.? This is a critically important issue especially for American Christians living in the comforts of affluence and freedom.
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