Lukewarm 4/27/20

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

These words were included in the letter that Jesus dictated to John to write to the church in Laodicea. The church was in a city that was rich and prosperous. They felt like they had all they needed. Their comfort and ease led them to take the Lord for granted, to neglect Him. Jesus condemned them for their lack of passion.

Perhaps you have had the experience of disappointment upon receiving something that was lukewarm when what you wanted was something hot or cold. When I was in sixth grade, the grade schools in town played in a flag football league. At the end of the season, an all-star team was selected to play against the seventh graders from the junior high school. The all-star game was played on a chilly, wet autumn afternoon in northern Wisconsin. By the end of the game, I was freezing. All I could think of on my half-mile walk home was getting into a tub of steaming hot water, and soaking all the cold out of me. When I got home, I filled the tub up, and to my great and enduring disappointment, the water was only lukewarm. I believe my mother had been doing laundry that afternoon. Here I am sixty years later, and I can still remember that disappointment.

Maybe you know what it’s like to be taken for granted, to be neglected. It can be painful to receive lukewarm appreciation or lukewarm affection. It was for this that Jesus condemned the church in Laodicea. The church was affluent, comfortable, at ease, and they had lost their passion for God. They had lost their passion for their Creator, their Redeemer, their Lord.

Maybe some of us had taken the joy of worshiping together at church as a congregation, as a family, for granted. For a time, we have lost that experience of worshiping together. Perhaps we had neglected the Lord in other ways. Perhaps we had become too comfortable, too much at ease. Now we need to rekindle our passion for Christ, not just for what He has done, but for who He is. We need to rekindle the passion we felt when He saved us, when He gave us forgiveness and spiritual life. Be passionate for the Lord! Amen.

Pastor Mike

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