“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! – Revelation 3:15-16
One of my favorite scenes in the newest Kendrick Brothers film “War Room” is when Miss Clara (a passionate elderly Christian) asks a young woman named Elizabeth if she attends church and she responds, “occasionally.” Miss Clara then asks her “If I asked you what your prayer life was like, would you say that it’s hot or cold?” To this Elizabeth responds “I don’t know that I would say that it’s hot. It’s not hot… but it’s not cold either. It’s somewhere in the middle.” Miss Clara then asks Elizabeth if she would like a cup of coffee. After she agrees Miss Clara goes into the kitchen and pours 2 cups of coffee, one for her and one for Elizabeth. (If you watch closely you’ll see Miss Clara doesn’t pour the coffee for Elizabeth from the same pot as she pours hers.) After she places the cups of coffee on the table Miss Clara eagerly sits in anticipation as Elizabeth carefully takes the first sip of her coffee. Elizabeth’s face immediately turns sour as she says, “Miss Clara you like your coffee room temperature?” Miss Clara then says something very profound, “People like their coffee either hot or cold. But nobody likes it lukewarm. Not even the Lord.”
It can be very easy to fall into the category of lukewarmness for all of us if we’re not actively engaging in a day to day “personal” relationship with Jesus. Take note that I didn’t reference being involved in church activities, singing in the choir, listening to Christian music, wearing Jesus apparel..I could go on. Now, all of these definitely can have their place in our walk of faith and our fellowship with other believers but should never substitute that one on one, intimate and personal relationship with the Lord.
But how do you know this Bryan?
I’m glad you asked. I know by personal experience my friend. I have used many of these and several others at one or the other to substitute my time with God which ultimately led to the comfort zone or category of living a lukewarm life. Oh, everything seemed to be in order on the outside looking in but inside I knew in my heart that I wasn’t fooling anyone but myself. For God always sees openly on the outside and inside fully knowing our every thought, intent, motivations of the heart and are clearly visible to His eye.
In his book, Not a Fan, author Kyle Idlemen writes, “Following Jesus means following him alone. Fans don’t want to put Jesus on the throne of their hearts. Instead they keep a couch on their hearts and, at the most, give Jesus a cushion. He’s asked to share the space. But Jesus makes it clear to this crowd he’s not interested in sharing your heart”. Jesus desires true committed “followers” as opposed to “fans“. Jesus said in Luke 9:23 “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”. In the greek, all still means all. Not only the pastor, elder, deacon, missionary…all. This certainly qualifies you and I my friend.
I did something the other day while thinking about this word “lukewarm” as I was taking a shower. Before exiting, I turned the water controls what normally is a very hot shower for me, on lukewarm and just allowed the water to hit me for a little while. I must admit that it was one of the most unpleasant experiences I’ve ever had. As Miss Clara stated that no one likes their coffee lukewarm, I find it hard to believe as well how anyone could enjoy a nice lukewarm shower!
Brennan Manning stated that “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
So what about you my friend? As Miss Clara asked Elizabeth about her prayer life and relationship and walk with Jesus, would you say that you are:
My earnest prayer is that you would take a few minutes now and evaluate where you are in regards to your walk with God through a personal relationship with Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and life and reveal anything that might be keeping you in the lukewarm zone and is keeping you from becoming all He so desires for you to become. He patiently stands at your heart’s door and knocks.
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