“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
‘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! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.'” (Revelation 3:14-19 NLT)
Have you ever had lukewarm coffee? If you had, what did it taste like? Was it delicious? Did it bring splendor to your taste buds? Or was it terrible, which you frowned, spat it back into your cup, and threw it away? Like this analogy, Jesus Christ–the one who is the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation–will do the same towards us if we are lukewarm in our faith.
You say you are a Christian but you don’t tithe to the church. You don’t mind tithing (more) to a bar or a club for spirits of a different kind but when it comes to the church there is an exception. It doesn’t work like that with Jesus Christ. Jesus would rather have you cold, a non-believer, than lukewarm. He says, “I wish that you were one or the other!” That way he can work with you, if you are cold! It’s better to be honest than dishonest. For those who are Christians, it’s important for us to remember this verse because we too can be found in bad taste without us knowing it.
Remember that Jesus only warns us of the worldly desires that destroy our lives (lust, money, greed, vengeance, pleasurable pursuits, etc.). Enjoy God’s creation and live in harmony with others. He doesn’t carry a gauntlet and strikes his children down for disobeying his word. But like lukewarm coffee, Jesus will spit you out if you are lukewarm. In other words, Jesus hates lukewarm coffee. He doesn’t mind having cold coffee (with no ice) but he prefers hot coffee because Christians are supposed to be on fire for him–Loyalty and Devotion for Christ.
So this week check your temperature. If you believe you are lukewarm, then take small steps to make your faith hot and not lukewarm.