Friday, April 12, 2013

The Lukewarm Church

"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."  Revelation 3:15-16

The church in Laodicea is the lukewarm church.  They were wealthy and thought that they had need of nothing.  They were comfortable physically because of the wealth they acquired.  They were also a compromising church as well because they resembled the world.  Although they carried the name of Christ, they were not being set apart for him.    

Jesus comes to them and admonishes them in love.  He did not want them to rely on their wealth here on earth or to be like the world, but to see the poverty they were in spiritually.  He tells them that they do not realize they are" wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked."  He wanted them to make a decision that was clear and concise and to end the hypocrisy that they were representing.

He counsels them to buy from him "gold refined in the fire, so that they can become rich; and white clothes to wear , so that they can cover their shameful nakedness; and salve to put on their eyes so they can see."  He is directing them to put their faith and hope in him by allowing him into their hearts to circumcise it.  He wants them to see how they need salvation in him and him alone.  Their riches, wealth and good deeds here on earth won't save them.  He wants them to put off their old garments which is the old nature and put on the white garments which is his righteousness. They need to see the truth and this comes when we allow Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.  

Although this rebuke may seem harsh, he does it in love.  Clearly those he loves he rebukes and disciplines like a father.  He lovingly stands outside waiting for them to submit to his will when he tells them, "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."  He is looking for repentance and a return to him.  

He then gives a promise to those who overcome the lukewarm church...he will give them the right to sit with him on his throne.  Think about that a moment.  He desires to allow for those who overcome to come in and become co-heirs with him and share in his kingdom.  What greater glory is there?  So today if this speaks to your heart choose to be either hot or cold, not lukewarm.

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