October 4th, 2017
Have you ever anticipated a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate only to find when you go to drink It, it is lukewarm? What a let-down!
The same goes for a favorite restaurant that you have not been able to go to for a long time and you have been savoring the thought of that first bite. Then, you look up in the serving window and that steaming hot food you see sits there, in plain sight, but it appears the waitress has taken a smoke break?
Finally, the plate arrives, lacking the steam you once saw rising from its assembly and you take that first bite of lukewarm, mashed potatoes. No one likes lukewarm, mashed potatoes, do they?
Our faith can taste lukewarm as well if we neglect so great a salvation. The moment we compromise our faith we become like lukewarm, mashed potatoes.
In the book of Revelation, Chapter 3, the Lord Jesus Christ is speaking through the vision to the apostle John. The letter to the church of the Laodiceans was not a lukewarm letter. It was written to wake up the church before it was too late.
God knows our works, every one of them. God weighs them to see if they are good works or works of the flesh. To be hot is a wonderful thing, especially in the food we eat. To be cold, when it was supposed to be hot, well it usually goes right in the trash.
God wishes us to be one or the other, either hot or cold. To be lukewarm in our faith causes God to want to vomit us out of his mouth (His words, not mine).
So, how does becoming lukewarm take place? It usually happens over a period of time. We slowly neglect our prayer time and the study of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. We become comfortable, like the frog placed in a cup of lukewarm water, floating comfortably unaware the heat is turned up and when the water begins to boil, too late, frog legs for dinner.
To have wealth and to be without need is a cup of lukewarm water. It is nice to have the bills paid, food in the cupboard, and a little extra to save. But, it doesn’t take long for us to lower our dependence on God for our daily bread. We simply stop relying on God for our every need and in doing so, forget to praise Him for all the things we do have.
There is hope for the lukewarm! It is in these words written in RED by Jesus:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
(Funny thing about that old painting of Jesus standing at that thick, wooden door knocking. There isn’t a handle on the outside for Jesus to turn for entry. Entry only occurs when Jesus is invited inside.)