To the Church in Laodicea “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” – Revelation 3:14-22
What is a lukewarm believer? Are you one?
Wilbur Rees describes this person perfectly:
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
“Is Christianity hard or easy?” C. S. Lewis asks in Mere Christianity. He then answers the question with a resounding “both.” It is easy because it rests on grace: not on our own hectic efforts—like the proverbial frog in the well who climbs up two feet and then slides back three—but on a divine work that has already been accomplished by Christ. Yet it is also hard because it means a total surrender of all we have and all we are. And yet, ironically, it is the very hardness that makes it easy. Much religious angst comes from our stress-inducing attempts to give a little bit of this and a little bit of that to God. We yield those little bits with trembling hands, trying to hold on even as we strive to let go. In the end, it is far easier just to give it all. Oh, how the Father wants us to draw into Him. That is exactly what is about to happen tomorrow. We will heed the advice given in verses 18-20.I am calling the church to wake up! You can never get better if you don’t recognize your problem. Our problem is that we are asleep. It is time to wake up and open up the door. He is waiting. What are we waiting on? What are you waiting for? I am so excited for tomorrow as we begin the book of Nehemiah and start the 52 Day Challenge. I am so excited to see what God will do.