This passage discusses the church in Laodicea and its lukewarm stance toward God. The believers didn’t stand for anything as their indifference had led to idleness. In verse 15, Jesus said, “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were one or the other.” You would think that lukewarm would be more acceptable to Him, because it is somewhat close to hot. But, how often do you ask the lady behind the counter for a lukewarm cup of coffee? Never, because it is distasteful and unsatisfying. Jesus was saying “I don’t want lukewarm or halfhearted commitments. I want you to decide. I want you in, or I would rather you were out.” If you’re on fire, if you’re walking with the Lord, then you are where he wants you to be. If you’re cold, hopefully you will realize your need for the Savior and come to him. However, the lukewarm person is riding the fence, sometimes in and sometimes out, a self-deceiving prophecy with eternal ramifications. What is your spiritual temperature today?
Questions for further thought:
1. What is my spiritual temperature? Have I been guilty of halfhearted commitment?
2. What are some steps that I can take to make sure my commitment to God is wholehearted?
Challenge: Resolve to let Christ fire up your faith and get you into the action. Pray for God’s strength as His Spirit works through you.
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