THE DANGER OF BEING LUKEWARM

Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:14-22

“I know your works: you are neither cold or hot! Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15,16)

Jesus is not pleased with mediocrity, especially when it comes to matters of faith. The people in the church at Laodicea were lukewarm — neither cold nor hot. They were tepid and half-hearted. They were indifferent to the message of the gospel. There was no spiritual power in their lives. They were “ho-hum” about their faith and took the gospel for granted.

Jesus said — “Would that you were either cold or hot!” It is difficult to do anything with lukewarm people. At least if they were cold, they would admit that they were cold to the gospel. Those who zealously oppose Christ (cold) and those who zealously serve Him (hot), have one thing in common — they both take Jesus seriously. But lukewarm people don’t take Him seriously at all.

We then come to the real problem — “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, and not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked” (v. 17). Living in prosperity these lukewarm believers had fallen prey to the materialistic philosophy that gripped so many. They believed they were independent, self-sufficient, and in need of nothing. They could buy whatever they needed.

But in reality they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. They were poor in spite of their wealth. They were blind and naked in spite of all their possessions. The Scripture warns us — “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). We must remember these words of Jesus — “For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

The real problem was that these people did not see their need for a Savior. They had religion, no more and no less than they wanted. I imagine they put in their hour each week at church, dropped a little money in the offering place and were satisfied to be lukewarm. Be careful! Never take the power of the gospel for granted. Never forget your need for Jesus.

Lord Jesus, keep me from being lukewarm in my faith. Let me be passionate for the gospel. Forgive me when I drift into self-sufficiency and forget how desperately I need you.

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