Have you ever eaten something that turned your stomach? This is exactly how Jesus feels about lukewarm people.
Jesus uses this phrase in Revelation 3 when He says to the church of Laodicea, “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” (Revelation 3:15–16 nkjv). Some churches make the Lord weep; others make Him angry. The Laodicean Church made him sick.
What does this mean for us? Keep in mind that these words are for believers today. So the question is, are you spiritually hot, cold, or lukewarm? Don’t answer that too quickly, because the lukewarm person is often the last to know.
Why is being lukewarm such an issue? G. Campbell Morgan wrote “There is more hope for the man outside the church in all his coldness than for the man within the church who is near enough its warmth to appreciate it and far enough from its burning heat to be useless to God and man. There is a greater chance for the nonbeliever who has not heard the gospel than the man who has become an evangelized nonbeliever.”
Let’s make sure that we are not lukewarm spiritually.
We like the idea of change, of starting over again, of becoming someone different than we are. Sometimes we move to a new place, thinking we can escape our problems. Sometimes we think if we get some new friends or get married that life will be better. Then we think if only we had kids things would be different.Even Atheists Have Moments of Doubt
Perhaps you have heard of George Bernard Shaw. We was a highly regarded thinker and writer and, among other things, won a Nobel Prize in literature. He also was an avowed and vocal atheist. Shaw firmly believed in science and what mankind could accomplish. But toward the end of his life, he realized this was a misplaced hope. He wrote, “The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of millions of worshippers in the temples of a thousand creeds. And now they look at me and witness the great tragedy of an atheist who lost his faith.”Kiss Your Spouse Today!
Are you having troubles in your marriage? Consider this passage about how a husband should love his wife: “Love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). I believe husbands hold the key to a flourishing marriage. If they would be proactive instead of merely reactive, leading spiritually, it would change everything, especially in a struggling marriage. Yes, the love that a husband is to have for his wife is kind. This love shows itself practically: showing her tenderness, bringing her gifts, actually telling her you love her.
Believers in biblical times effectively turned their world upside down for the Lord (or perhaps we should say right-side up). Pastor Greg Laurie says we, too, can change OUR world. Monday on A NEW BEGINNING, he offers 10 principles to help you become a world changer. Tune in for the start of a new series!All Sermons by Greg Laurie