Lax in Laodecia, a word for the spiritually indifferent
Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, September 7, 2015
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.” (Revelation 3:15).
In the book of Revelation, the love of God was clearly demonstrated in His messages to the seven churches. If He did not love them, He could very easily have allowed them to continue on the road to destruction. Rather, He chose to give counsel about how they should live in light of His divine will.
To the church of Laodicea He wrote that He wished that they were cold or hot. Being lukewarm, as with water symbolically causes God to vomit. “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16). Cold water has an abundance of therapeutic uses. It is refreshing, and in many cases, helps to stimulate blood circulation when properly used, alternating with hot water. Even in the Bible, cold water is seen as a good thing. “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” (Proverbs 25:25).
Hot water also has many good uses. It can be used for sterilizing tools, and to improve its own value microbiologically. Hot water in the form of vapor can help individuals, during the cold and dry winter months, to breathe more freely.
Lukewarm water is not as useful as hot or cold. Oftentimes, in the natural world, lukewarm water taken upon rising in the morning on an empty stomach can trigger nausea and vomiting. I believe that the Lord used these examples because the people understood the benefits of both hot and cold waters, along with the less desirable effects of lukewarm water. It could be, as I have seen most in people’s thoughts on these verses, that God can more easily work with people who are cold toward Him with no zeal for holy things, or hot with zeal for holiness, than with those who live in the middle of the road with spiritual indifference. Whichever of these two thoughts resonate with you, the fact is, God clearly says that lukewarmness is out of the question for those who wish to please Him.
The Laodiceans’ prideful state defined their lukewarmness. “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Revelation 3:17-18). The Lord wanted them to understand their need for reform. He wanted to give them all that they needed to be holy in His sight. He wanted them to have faith that worketh by love, the righteousness of Christ, and spiritual discernment. All of these, He would give as a gift if only they would receive it (Isaiah 55).
As it was in the days of the Laodicean church, so it is today. The Lord sees when His people, upon whom the ends of the world are come, cherish pride and where self is the priority. He says now, as in those days, receive the gift of God and live. Pray that the Lord will put us in the state He can use for His glory. Lukewarmness is not an option. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:19-22).
A Prayer for Your Hearts:
Lord, please give us attentive ears to all the Spirit has to say. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.-