Revelations 3:15-18 “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. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
God deserves more than a lukewarm response for what He has done for us.
Insight: God deserves more than a lukewarm response for what He has done for us. In fact, God makes it very clear that he hates a lukewarm response to the sacrifice His Son paid for us on the Cross. The scripture above alludes to the fact that He will spit you out of His mouth if you are lukewarm towards Him for the price He paid for your salvation. He will not accept, a simple shrug of our shoulders for all Jesus has done for us. That is a very scary thought to ponder. He seems to insinuate that one of the main things that can make us lukewarm is wealth. Wealth has a way of deceiving us into thinking our need for Christ is less critical than it really is. It can blind us to the “truth of our nakedness.” Money is not a bad thing, it is only a thing that satan can use to distract us from our relationship with Christ. It is a tool the enemy can use to bring us into a battle more on his terms, rather than on God’s, as their is much deceit and corruption that can accompany the pursuit of wealth.
There are many things in life that I am lukewarm about. I am pretty lukewarm about political promises, skeptical may be a better word. I am lukewarm about doing chores around the house, eating certain foods like liver and getting motivated to get myself into the gym, where I belong. But one thing I am not, is lukewarm about my relationship with Jesus. I am on fire for the Lord, because I know what He has done for me and in me and through me and it still leaves me speechless at times. I am amazed that He could and does love a sinner like me. I am amazed at his patience with me and the depth of His forgiveness. I am grateful for His eternal sacrifice and I crave time spent in His presence.
Like any friendship or relationship, it takes time spent to make it meaningful, but it is always me that has to take the first step and prioritize Jesus in my life, because He is always there waiting for me, as He is for all who seek him. (Matthew 7:7-8) The time when I feel His still, small voice break through my fears and doubts and reassure me that He is with me and will show me the way, are the best feelings I get in this world. In this Country and in my life, we can be fanatical about all the wrong things. Sports, especially Football, is a big one. Nothing wrong with it, I love the sport as much as anyone, but when I put the feelings of being a “fan” of a game or a sport ahead of my feelings for Christ, there is something very wrong in my life and my Christian walk. We as Christians should be fanatical about our relationship with our Lord and Savior. The price He paid was so great, He deserves nothing less.