Revelation 3:15-16… “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (KJV).
Jesus sees things in our lives that we usually do not. I want to briefly talk to you about the dangers of lukewarm living. The word “lukewarm” describes the state of one who is indifferent to the word of God, one who is indifferent to the needs of the local assembly, one who is indifferent to one’s own soul, and one who travels life’s pathway with no definite decisions about eternity. The word “lukewarm” is an old adjective meaning “to be moderately warm or tepid.” It means one who is tasteless, one who is good for nothing, one who fluctuates between apathy and fervor, or one who is half backslidden. Lukewarmness deals with the matters of the spirit in the Christian life. The Lord was saying to the Laodicean Christians, “You are totally ineffective. You are half-hearted in your faith, and I will spew (vomit) you out.” The word “spew” is a figure of disgust and rejection. Jesus does not tolerate such behavior in Christians. They are like the salt that has lost its savor (Matthew 5:13). That’s a strong word that Jesus gave. Jesus wants you to be a “hot” Christian. Let’s look at a few examples of lukewarmness.
Matthew 5:21-24… Here we see lukewarmness in bringing your gift to the altar (praise, worship, or tithes) while denigrating a fellow believer through unforgiveness or name calling. In this passage, a man wanted to be on good terms with God, but Lord saw something else. This man was not right with his brother. He used words like Raca, meaning “worthless”, and “fool,” meaning “dull, stupid, or moron.”
Mark 5:1-16… Here, lukewarmness is seen in not helping others in their time of need. Fear blocks them. Many people in the town of Gadara knew about the demon-disturbed man living in the cemetery, but they had no strength nor desire to deliver him. Jesus never went anywhere without finding someone who needed help. He delivered this man who had cried out for help. The people who knew this man were afraid of the man’s insanity. When Jesus loosed him, they then became afraid of the man’s sanity. They asked Jesus to leave their town. God sees whether we care or not; He hears the cry of hurting hearts. Many Christians are afraid of people in need. God sees those Christians who are lukewarm when it comes to helping others.
Luke 10:30-37… Here we see the lukewarmness of being in the “ministry” and passing by on the other side when someone is hurting. The thieves who robbed the man on his way to Jericho were cruel and heartless. The priest and the Levite did not hurt this man but neither did they help him. They were cruel and heartless as well. They refused to get involved. They missed an opportunity to be useful. The Samaritan came and ministered life to the wounded man. Jesus sees lukewarmness in the Christian if there is no compassion, grace, or merciful acts towards those who are hurting.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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