“So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelations 3:16)
I must admit, I’ve lost sleep over this one lately as questions keep pouring through my cerebral cortex. What does lukewarm mean, anyway? Could I be rejected by my Creator for being too reserved, too comfortable? Do I blend into the background too easily? Is that being lukewarm?
You mean I can be cold OR hot and be accepted?
What’s hot enough? What’s cold?
I need to think about this. Read on it. Dwell on it until I’m comfortable with my conclusion as I’m sure the Holy Spirit is prompting me to do so.
I want my Savior to be proud of me.
I want the light of Christ to shine through me boiling hot or as cold as ice.
Which one is better? Is that enough?
What temperature am I supposed to be?
Okay. Deep breath. Let’s think about this analogy John uses. Water. More specifically, lukewarm water.
Not much happens in lukewarm water. No surprises. Pretty predictable. You can drink it and wash with it if you had to. It can be useful, but forgettable. It’s usually not preferred. Stagnant comes to mind. If water had a comfort level, I’m assuming lukewarm would be its comfort zone.
Then there’s hot or cold. Melting or freezing. Steaming or chilling. There’s no mistaking its temperature and the uses for each are endless. Both can be dangerous if not handled properly. Both can be quite uncomfortable.
And then there’s me. Just me. One simple drop in the sea of humanity.
Me. Trying to reflect Christ in all I do. Trying to make a difference for His kingdom. Trying to live in this world but not of it. Trying to get to the end of this race and hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
I had better be freezing cold or boiling hot if I want to impact those around me for God’s glory. This sea we’re living in is vast. The water’s deep. And I’m but a single drop. I need to be one or the other to make any difference whatsoever.
I don’t want to become mouthwash.
If lukewarm is a comfort zone, I want to be uncomfortable. Comfort zones are overrated, anyway. We can become lazy in them if not careful. So I say comfort schmomfort. Let’s bring it! Let’s live in the danger zone. For in doing that, we’ll realize it’s not so dangerous after all.
Let’s hold nothing back, for here and now is the only chance we’re guaranteed to have. Let’s live for Him like we mean it. Will you join me?
How about you? What do you think lukewarm is and how can we avoid it? I’d love to hear and possibly talk about how to apply this more in another post.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.
This post is linked up to Thought-Provoking Thursday