|Flat white coffee ~ photo courtesy of Jeanne Henriques ~ Collage of Life|
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
As I read, I absentmindedly reached for my cup of coffee. I took a sip, expecting the bold, fresh taste of hot coffee, but instead it was lukewarm. That was not what I wanted. I poured the coffee in the sink and made a fresh cup. Hot or iced, it’s delicious. Does anyone like coffee lukewarm?
I thought of the Lord’s message to the seven churches in the Revelation.
The church at Laodicea had become lukewarm. (See Revelation 3:14-22)
I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16
Spew them out of His mouth! Just like we might spit out a lukewarm sip of coffee that has lost its flavor.
I used to be shocked by that statement, thinking it was too harsh. It sounded rather like a kick in the seat of the pants accusation. The Lord rebuked the church, but He goes on to say that He chastens those He loves.
The church at Laodicea needed revival. They needed to repent of their sins and return to God with their whole hearts, ready to embrace their calling with renewed enthusiasm. Not unlike the Church today which needs revival. Many people profess Christ, but they are nothing more than lukewarm in their faith. Far too many Christians could be described as lukewarm.
We need repentance…renewal…fresh fire in our souls. Drawing closer to God through prayer and the study of God's word will get the flame of spiritual enthusiasm burning again as the Holy Spirit renews and inspires us.
I remember the time when I had newly dedicated my life to the Lord. I was so excited about the Good News of Jesus Christ and so grateful to God for His Atonement. Joy filled my heart with love and hope. I wanted to tell everybody about Jesus. No one could have accused me of being lukewarm then.
We ought to pray as David did.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:11-12.
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