Lukewarmness

What is lukewarm?
While praying about and then writing yesterday’s Morning Thought, I had an open-my-eyes moment; it all made sense.
Jesus said in Rev 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.”
The scripture contains a statement worth noting; the fact that the church is not hot and not cold.
I remember when my children were babies and I would warm up the bottle of milk.
I would put a drop on my wrist to test the temperature; not too hot and not too cold.
In other words, the milk was lukewarm, which seemed fine for my children.
But we’re talking about Christians?
New converts need the milk of the word, as it is written, for everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. Heb 5:13
It may well be that this milk of the word must be temperate; not too hot to give the new convert burn out and not too cold to leave them unsatisfied and despondent.
It’s also very possible that a new convert doesn’t know all the tenets of Christianity and, as hard as they try, are likely to misunderstand what God’s holiness fully includes, just as children are not expected to automatically know all the rules around the house. That’s why parents say no so often.
As we grow older, as children or as Christians, it becomes apparent that we need to get on a solid diet; Heb 5:14 – But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
This solid diet ends the lukewarmness.
As a “full age” Christian, I am able to see the truth of God’s word and to “discern both good and evil” or hot and cold!
It is the mixture of good and evil that equals lukewarm.
For instance; is it good or evil to “get drunk on a Saturday night and the next morning make a status about how much you love Jesus”?
One is hot (love Jesus) and one is cold (get drunk) so this is a lukewarm lifestyle.
And it’s not just drinking; it can be fornication, homosexuality, adultery, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; Gal 5:19-21
It is the mixture of holiness with unholiness that creates lukewarmness and makes the Lord sick!
It is this lukewarm mixture from a believer that confuses the non-believer, hence Jesus would rather you be hot or cold, not lukewarm.
Being lukewarm lends itself into another problem that Jesus also addressed.
I’ll take a look at that next time!

One thought on “Lukewarmness

  1. I had never put these ideas together that way. Excellent point. Of course, some believers come from such a “cold” background that they start out pretty “hot” right from spiritual babyhood, but for many of us it’s a maturing process that may start out sort of lukewarm.

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