The Lukewarm Church
â€œAnd to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans 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.â€
This is a very stern warning to the church at Laodicea, and we must ask ourselves the question, are we hot or cold? Where are we in our relationship with Jesus? This can be a very serious state of being in our walk with our Lord. As a newborn Christian, our hearts are aflame with love for Jesus (we refer to this as our “first loveâ€) and our testimony overflows to everyone that will listen. What great joy we have knowing we are forgiven and have a place reserved for us in heaven.
As time passes and maturity begins to take place, this flame of love begins to diminish and we become so distracted by people and things of this world that we simply take our salvation for granted. Although we are involved with work in the church and community, it many times is in our own strength and we lose heart. We begin to lose our “first love,â€ and I believe this was the intent of the letter to the Laodiceans and also to us.
Unfortunately, sometimes it takes serious things happening in our lives to bring us back to the realization that we have in fact lost our first love. We fall on our knees in repentance, and that flame that once was so aglow is ignited in our hearts again and we are restored to full worship and adoration of our great Savior and King. To God be all glory!
I pray, heavenly Father, that you will forgive our unconcern and insensitivity to your precious presence in our hearts and lives. Fill us again with complete awareness of the Almighty God that You are, and the wisdom to acknowledge that we live and breathe moment by moment by Your love alone!
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him,
and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.â€
1 John 1:6