The weather this year has been really different. We had a long winter with large amounts of snow. Cold weather hung around until late spring. Now the last several weeks have been very hot. (Of course, by the time you read this, the temperatures will have cooled somewhat.) It seems that we have had one extreme or another, and the extremes are not pleasant to endure. (One business posted a thought: Remember, you don’t have to shovel heat.”)
Do you remember Revelations 3, how Jesus sent a message to the church at Laodicea? He sent a letter through John by which He told the Christians at Laodicea that He was displeased with them because they were lukewarm. Jesus told them, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). That does not sound like a good way for Jesus to describe a Christian’s spiritual condition.
When I looked up the word, “lukewarm,” I found synonyms like “tepid,” “unenthusiastic,” half-hearted,” “indifferent,” and “uninterested.” Do these words describe your spiritual condition? Are you hot, on fire for God? Does Jesus excite you? Are you rolling your eyes and sighing even as you read this, as if you are “too cool” to get excited about Jesus and his Kingdom?” Are you thinking, “Pastor Tim, you bore me; so does church! I have too many fun things to do this summer to be bothered by Jesus.”
Jesus also told the Laodicean Christians, “As many love as I love, I rebuke and chasten” (Revelation 3:19). So if you think you are too cool for Jesus and His house (church), He may discipline you in an attempt to bring your spiritual temperature back up to where he wants it. Jesus will not punish you just to be mean. He loves you, even more than you love yourself.
So, how is your spiritual condition? Do you know where you stand with Jesus Christ? Are you hot — on fire — for God? Are you cold toward — against — Jesus? Are you lukewarm — apathetic, half-hearted, and indifferent — to the Holy Spirit?
Start reading your Bible, start praying, start getting back to church, start tithing, and then start watching Jesus raise your spiritual temperature. It will be a great and exciting ride.
Pastor Tim is the Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church. Click here to learn more.