As the final Revelation of God’s Word begins, the Spirit is writing to the 7 churches through John. The message that reverberates through my mind are his words to the church of Laodicea –
“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.” Rev. 3: 15 – 16.
The Spirit sounds pretty disgusted with this church. They were rich and they were acting like they had everything they needed. But the Spirit calls them pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
And then he offers them the truth – “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 that person and they with me.” Rev 3: 19-20.
The Spirit tells the church of Laodicea to repent and reminds them that Jesus is always ready to forgive them and redeem them.
Lukewarm is not a good place to be. Jesus came to earth to save us and transform us into beacons of light in a lost and broken world. ‘Okay’ is not what we are called to be. ‘Comfortable’ is not our goal. The Holy Spirit wants to set a fire burning within each of us as we seek to know and love our Abba Father. As our love for God grows, he transforms our hearts so we can truly start to love other people like he does.
There is a fire burning in my heart. It burns hotter the closer I get to God. This fire keeps me passionate about following Jesus on this journey towards the truth.
What’s the temperature of your heart for God? Is there anything or anyone you care about more than God? Are you lukewarm? Or sold out?
Turn up the heat, dear Father!