The Lukewarm Church
Revelations 3:16, 17
“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-“
Above Laodicea were hot springs which people traveled to for therapeutic purposes, and below the city were refreshing springs of cold water, but in the city they ran water down from the hot springs, and by the time it got there is was lukewarm and disgusting. This was symbolic of the spiritual condition of the Church; good for nothing and undesirable to Christ.
The biggest problem with this lukewarm Church is that they really did not see they had a problem. They seriously thought, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”, not realizing that Jesus saw them as wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked! That is a huge contrast!
Look at the Church today: we have fancy buildings, padded pews, air conditioning, big screens, nice sound systems, programs for finances and every other thing; we have every material thing under the sun, we say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing”. Yet Jesus looks at our hearts and sees a people who are consumed with comfort, pleasure, entertainment, careers, 401Ks, 5 year plans, the latest fashion; He sees our deep love for worldly entertainment which is full of violence, sex, murder and filth, all while the world around us is sinking into hell, never to escape the fierce wrath of God. Our hearts do not want to be burdened with the work of God to save the lost, for it would take too much of our time and would cause our flesh to suffer. Yet God is calling out, “who will go for Me, whom shall I send?” Do you hear His cry? Or is it drowned out by “your” life? Do you not remember that you have been bought with a price and your life is not your own? Are the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choking out the words of Christ?
This is the most dangerous place to be, when we cannot see our true state. There are over 150,000 people who die daily, most of which do not know Christ and will go to hell for eternity. What are you doing about it? About 60% of the world does not have Bibles, evangelists or Churches to go to; they live in darkness, poverty, and hopelessness, so how can any person who claims to love their neighbor as themself just live as though the world were fine? If that is you, how does the love of God dwell in you?
The Lord is speaking to you today, but will you listen? If God is calling you, do not hesitate; give up your life and follow Him; reach the lost, help the weak, be a light to a dying world! Pour out your life as an offering to Christ and do His bidding. Otherwise, how can you call Him Lord?
As many as Jesus loves, He rebukes and chastens, therefore be zealous and repent. You will stand before Him soon, and if you live as though He has not given you a command, He will vomit you out of His mouth, and out of His kingdom forever. Please, open your eyes America!
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