As I’ve been digging into the Book of Revelation over the last week, I’ve been struck by the message to the seven churches. Much of what the churches struggled with two thousand years ago is what we still struggle with today. There are passages I could reflect on from each church, but the church I want to focus on is the last one: the church in Laodicea.
Jesus says that this church is neither hot nor cold – He calls them lukewarm. This idea of being lukewarm would resonate with the Christians of Laodicea, because the water they drank every day was lukewarm. The city had no water system of its own; cold water had to be pumped in from Colossae, which was about seven miles away. By the time the cold water arrived to Laodicea, it was lukewarm and disgusting.
He’s essentially calling the way these Christians are living disgusting.
Being lukewarm, in a spiritual sense, is a picture of indifference and compromise; it’s a life of playing in the middle and sitting on the fence: trying to please both the world and Jesus. I can’t think of a more miserable way to live: having too much of the world to be happy in Jesus, but too much of Jesus to be happy in the world.
God doesn’t want lukewarm Christians. He doesn’t want empty religion. He desires relationship.
To not look like the church in Laodicea, we must battle against indifference, compromise, and self-reliance.Charles
Spurgeon said this of the church in Laodicea, “They are neither hot for the truth, nor hot for conversions, nor hot for holiness, they are not fiery enough to burn the stubble of sin, nor zealous enough to make Satan angry, nor fervent enough to make a living sacrifice of themselves upon the altar of their God. They are ‘neither cold nor hot.’ ”
Let what Spurgeon said not be true of us. Let’s be on fire for truth, conversions, and holiness. Let’s be Christians who makes Satan angry.