Revelations 3:15-16 NKJV
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
How extreme are you when it comes to Jesus? How many areas of your life are you content with just being lukewarm? What is your spiritual temperature?
God desires a personal relationship with each of us. We should never be satisfied and stop growing in our relationship with Him. We should always be looking to turn up the spiritual temperature in our lives by going deeper with God.
We as Christians are often afraid to live at the extremes. We are uncomfortable standing out and speaking out too much. We rationalize our positions by saying that we do not want to offend anyone or come across as too zealous in our faith. We even justify sinful behaviors by telling ourselves that if we blend in with the crowd, then we can be a more effective witness. Where did these ideas really come from? Are they from the Lord? Not according to Revelation 3:16. Jesus says He will “vomit” us out of His mouth if we are lukewarm. He wants us to pick a position; we are either cold or hot, for Him or against Him. We either take up our cross and follow Him with our whole hearts or we follow our own desires. To live in the gray areas is unacceptable, regardless of our human rationalizations.
A lukewarm or neutral relationship with God is not what you were called to. Your spiritual condition should be one of fire at all times. You can have a fired-up relationship with God when you spend time in His Word, in prayer, and in worship. Then, when you speak His words, they are life to you (Proverbs 4:20). His Words are active in your life when you are on fire for Him!
Revelation 3:17 goes on to say, “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked….”
This verse refers to a lukewarm Christian as thinking he doesn’t need God. But God has another thought about this type of Christian. Inspired by the Holy Ghost, John wrote that a lukewarm Christian’s condition is miserable and wretched. I don’t think any of us want to be called miserable or wretched. I challenge you right now to open up your relationship with God, and ask Him what you need to do in your life to change and turn things around if you are lukewarm.
God tells us how to open ourselves up to Him in Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Sometimes you may not feel like praying or worshiping God, but that is when you have to crucify your flesh and spend time with Him. Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
To crucify your flesh, you cannot live by the way you feel. You must allow God’s Word to change you. Then, even if you don’t feel like spending time with Him, your spirit will rise above your flesh and you will choose to draw closer to Him.
When you open yourself up to God, He will identify some areas that He wants you to change.
It is more important to find the will of God for your life then it is to love the things of the world. We should never be more on fire for the things of the world than we are for God.
The bible says in 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Where are you today? Do you have a lukewarm relationship with Jesus? I fear greatly for many people who sit in church every Sunday proclaiming to know Jesus but having no evidence of Him in their lives. Many of us look righteous on the outside but are numb on the inside. Our churches are filled with complacent Christians who are quite content to live in the gray areas, not wanting to get too uncomfortable. Will Jesus say “well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)? Or will He say “I never knew you; depart from Me” (Matthew 7:23)? Ask the Lord to light a fire in your heart today that will set a blaze in any area of your life that has become lukewarm and complacent. Life here on earth is but for a moment, but eternity is forever.
Spend time in His Word, in prayer, and in worship. When you deliberately draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you (James 4:8).
Scripture of the day: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” ~ Revelations 3:20 NKJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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