Revelation 3:16 – “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
Recently I talked to a man I will call Mr. Luke Warm, for he is “neither cold nor hot.” He says he is a Christian but seldom attends Church. “I am under a great deal of tension where I work,” he explained, “and often go fishing on weekends to relieve the stress. Church is all right but a person can’t do everything, you know.”
Mr. Luke Warm also had an uneasy conscience about his giving, for he continued, “I put a dollar or two in the offering plate whenever I go, and I think that’s all God can expect of me. If I gave a tenth of my income, it would amount to more than $2,000. You just don’t know how expensive it is for me to maintain my cabin at the lake and pay dues to keep my membership at the country club and the bowling league. Anyway, Churches put too much emphasis on money. Sometimes I get so disgusted with this talk about sacrificing for Christ that I feel like quitting the Church altogether!”
The Church at Laodicea had many individuals like Mr. Luke Warm and the Lord Jesus Christ could not tolerate their actions. Knowing that some did not possess true faith, He advised them to trust Him fully that they might receive God’s righteousness and the spiritual ointment necessary to open their sin-blinded eyes. The Lord recognized others to be backslidden believers, and He warned them to repent (Rev. 3:17-19). He even pictures Himself as standing outside the door of His own Church, extending His offer of grace to anyone who will invite Him into their heart.
If you are like Mr. Luke Warm, let Jesus take full possession of your life so that you may experience the joy and reward of true salvation – now and forever more.