What is a “lukewarm” Christian?

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The Narrow Gate  |  February 16

“… to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
”I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
”So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth…”

Revelation 3:14-17


Jesus, this set of verses may represent the greatest challenge we will ever experience. Your disgust with our being “lukewarm” is graphically clear. We get the point; but, Jesus, help us understand what it is to be “hot”.

We can see that You would even prefer us cold, to being lukewarm. Why is being lukewarm such an awful condition? Jesus, we speculate, but when we are cold, we are not being hypocritical. We simply are voluntarily moving away from You, not claiming any kind of personal relationship with You. Therefore, our actions are truly representative of our situation.

If we are lukewarm, we could be sending mixed signals. We could be viewed as being hypocritical or at least as inconsistent. Yet, being “hot”, all the time implies a level of commitment with which we may be uncomfortable.

Jesus, we have been taught that a new heart means a new start, where we can say “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me.” If we live every day, looking to You for guidance, comfort, wisdom and renewal, would we not be considered “hot”? We pray that is so. None of us wants to be lukewarm. Lead us today, Jesus, in paths of righteousness, all day, and every day, we pray. Amen.

Bruce Caldwell

The Sola Scriptura Project

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