In Revelation 3:15-16, God tells the Laodicean church, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit (literally “vomit”) you out of my mouth.” Really? God would rather I be “cold” to Him than “lukewarm”? But with lukewarm I’m closer to hot than when I am just cold. Cold is nowhere near God. At least at lukewarm I’ve got some heat for God!
Why would that be? As I have thought about it, two reasons come to mind. First, there is Representation. People that are cold to God aren’t viewed as representing Him. They are cold. They don’t have a relationship with God. Whereas people who are lukewarm to God do represent Him, just not enthusiastically. They are lukewarm about Him. They are known to have a relationship with Him, it just isn’t a relationship that inspires or attracts other people. In fact, it is a life that communicates that a relationship with God is of little value!
Secondly, there is Investment. People who are lukewarm are willing to take the benefits of a relationship with God, but are reluctant to make investments in that relationship. They are takers. God says He wants to vomit them out of His mouth.
Are you lukewarm to God? The God who died for you. The God who wants to live through you so you can live an “abundant” life. In verse 20, God says to that church, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” We usually see this verse applying to the lost, but its context is actually to the church and especially the lukewarm in the church. So if you are lukewarm, increase the level of investment in your relationship with God and go out and represent Him well!
Coach Clay Dewees