Feel the Heat! | Revelation 3:14-22
Revelation 3:14-22 "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. 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. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
So I put my cursor on “lukewarm”, right-clicked, and highlighted synonyms. Here are the words that show up: tepid, unenthusiastic, halfhearted, unexcited, and indifferent. No wonder Jesus says the lukewarm believer nauseates him. Here is my own list of lukewarm synonymic phrases:
- Rescued but don’t give a rip.
- Justified but living “just as if I” don’t care.
- Redeemed but relishing in their personal riches.
- Delivered but “don’t need a thing.”
- Ransomed but living wretched.
- Spiritually rich but living in spiritual poverty.
- Transferred from darkness to light but living blind.
- Clothed in Christ but living naked.
So the gracious Lord Jesus comes with counsel, rebuke, and discipline. He stands at the door and waits to satisfy your hunger, fellowship with your lonely soul, and set your lukewarm heart on fire.
What does it take from you? It takes earnest repentance—a genuine desire to change your lukewarm direction. Jesus is standing at the door. Hear him knocking? Open up and feel the heat!