I’m Not A Know-It-All
Have you ever been lukewarm? On the fence about something? I sure have! You just can’t seem to make up your mind, one way or another. You’d like to do this, but you’re really set on that.
Yeah, I’ve been on that fence a time or two!
There are a lot of things in the Bible that I don’t yet understand. Certain verses still tie me in knots and I often stumble and have to ask God for wisdom. Of course, He says if we ask He’ll answer. It just isn’t always the way we might want or think.
You know, sometimes, it’s just not time for us to know certain things. Of that I’m sure. I think if we were to get an immediate revelation of every single mystery the Bible holds, it would probably knock us clean off our feet! God knows what we have need of and He knows what we can handle. So He gives us what we need, when we need it.
Sometimes that revelation is for us. Other times it might be for someone else. I think what I’m getting ready to share with you may be a little of both. So, if it’s for you, I pray you get exactly what Father God has for you at this very moment.
Neither Hot or Cold
I never did like delving into the book of Revelation much. When I was younger, it just seemed to scary to put any real thought to. I just couldn’t bring myself to study it, what with all the beasts and the lake of fire and all. It literally made me tremble.
It still does, to be honest. And for good reason. Just look at what He said to the Church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:15-16…
- “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.“
I always wondered what that meant! I mean, I could never figure out why He said He would rather we be hot OR cold. Surely He wouldn’t want us to be cold! How could cold be better than lukewarm? Then to think that He would just outright vomit us out if we were simply lukewarm.
What in the world could that mean?
Just Ask Him!
Of course, when we struggle and carry something we’re not meant to carry, it will always be too heavy. So it is with something from the Scriptures that we are trying to figure out. I had come back to Revelation with the determination that I was going to study and understand whatever He had for me.
And then I came across this verse. This time, instead of scratching my head and moving on, I actually stopped and asked. “Lord, what in the world do you mean?”
And He obliged me, rather quickly, with an answer.
It was simple really. If I had thought about it in an “out of the box” sort of way, I might have figured it out. Then again, God may have been confounding me with the sole intent for me to just ask. Either way, this is what He said, in a nutshell. (I’m a paraphraser more so than a quoter!)
If we are either hot or cold, then something can be done with us!
If we are hot, on fire for God and for the Word, and truly making disciples and spreading the gospel, He can use us. We can be His hands, feet, mouthpiece…whatever He wants us to be.
If we are cold, either unsaved or backslidden, then we are able to be saved. Jesus died on the cross for everyone, so salvation is a free gift. All we have to do, in that cold state, is take it. If we’re backslidden, or have moved away from Him, we can be brought back.
So what does it mean to be lukewarm? I’ve thought a lot about this too, and prayed about it as well. I think someone who is lukewarm is maybe like the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus time. They worship with their mouth, but their heart is far from Him.
I think in today’s churches, it’s the ones who think that by following a certain rhetoric, they can gain salvation. Whether it be a formulation of steps, doing certain things at certain times, or just generally going by the name, “christian”.
Maybe it’s just walking up that aisle and shaking the preacher’s hand and thinking it’s a “once and done” deal. Because, according to what I’ve read in the Scripture, it certainly isn’t.
No, being lukewarm, we find in the book of Revelation, is a dangerous game to play. Please don’t play it! Get on fire for God!
Just talk to Him about it. He’s right there.