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Revelation 3:15-16 “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.”
What Does It Mean to Be Lukewarm?
Have you ever let a nice, hot cup of coffee sit too long and then tried to take a sip? It’s about as gross if you forget about your icy cold cola. That lukewarm, sitting-there-too-long flavor is just not pleasing to the palate, and what you and I don’t like in a drink, God doesn’t like in a servant to Himself. God would much rather someone be red hot, on fire for Him and His kingdom, like the disciples, or at least cold, like the publicans and harlots who had never yet come into contact with the power and grace of God (because in such there is always hope that when God shows up, they will respond). The Pharisees, on the other hand, were lukewarm. They claimed to know God with their words and yet denied Him with their actions.
That Was Me Until Nine Years Ago
Look around at society today. Does that sound familiar? It sure does to me because until about 9 years ago, that was talking about me! I believed with my mind, but my heart was far from God, still wrapped up in worldly desires. But God is a loving, graceful God, and He didn’t leave me that way. One day, it hit me that I was lukewarm, and the rest of the verse was impressed upon my mind in living color. I was to get HOT, or God would vomit me out of His mouth (and His kingdom).
The fear of God that is the beginning of wisdom gripped me. I still remember standing in the hall as another verse from Revelation 3 came into my mind, “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.” I had claimed to know Him but did not live for Him, but He was giving me another chance. That day, I heard Him loud and clear, and I responded. I made the decision to go “all in.” I would hold nothing back from the God I was desperate not to lose. That was the beginning of my journey as a red hot Christian that still continues today.
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Angela G. — Married mother of two living in Texas, USA. Called to be a high school English teacher but dabbles in tract-writing, Bible lessons, blogs, and books.
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