BellaVista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

02/26/2020

Travis Robertson

 

Lukewarm

 

  The church in Laodicea was neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm. It had become a congregation that was of no use to the Lord. Their lukewarm attitude had made the Lord so sick, that He spit them out of His mouth. What we find in this message to the church is that it was personal.

 

"To the angel of the church in Laodicea 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." “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’--and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked -- “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. “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. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

 Revelation 3.14-22)

 

  The church at Laodicea was lukewarm because the individual members were lukewarm. But it wasn’t just a message to the individuals at Laodicea. The Lord knew that this would be a universal problem within the church, that’s why He preserved this letter for us today.

 

  It is easy for us to become complacent religiously. But if we are going to overcome our lukewarm attitudes, we first must look inside ourselves. Have you become lukewarm in your service to the Lord? Are you on fire like you once were? Have you settled for a comfy spot in the pew to keep it warm? If this describes you, it is time to make a change. Don’t settle for the spiritually comfortable life, it isn’t pleasing to the Lord.

 

  Sometimes it isn’t you that is lukewarm but someone else. If that is the case, it is time to reach out, invite them into your home, pray for them, encourage them. Remind them, that they are not alone, and you are here for them. Maybe all they need is a little nudge to get moving, a little spark to get the fire started again.

 

Travis Robertson

    Huntersville, NC