Hi we have been exploring Revelation 2&3 and this is my second post on Jesus’ letter to the church in Laodicea. To read my earlier posts please check down at the bottom of this post for a full list.
Revelation 3:15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other!’
We looked yesterday at how Jesus is the faithful and true witness, in sharp contrast to some of his followers who fall away when trouble comes. I will come back to this tomorrow.
In the mountainous regions of modern-day Turkey, the water source can arrive at two quite different temperatures. In some parts, the water can be heated by thermal springs and can be a luxuriously warm temperature. In other parts, the water can be cool spring mountain water. Both are delightful in their own way.
The implication here is that churches and individuals can be quite different in character. Some can be relaxing and cherishing, like a warm, comforting bath, whilst others can be refreshing and invigorating, like a brisk walk in the snow. Both are good.
Jesus respects our differences in style. What he does not care for is the luke-warmth of some followers who are neither hot nor cold but have become a tepid temperature that is of no worth to anyone.
As we devote time in the presence of our Lord, we will experience our luke-warm ways giving way over time, and a more radical nature coming to the fore, from within us.
Revelation 3:16 ‘So because you are luke-warm, neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’
I would suggest that the luke-warm nature, that is so repellant to the palate, comes from not dwelling in the presence of the King, which is why Jesus is so harsh in his language. The luke-warm character comes from valuing our own presence above all else, rather than the life-changing presence of Jesus which transforms us.
As we approach the end-times, the stakes will increase and we will need to be on top of our game, either fiery hot or refreshingly cool. A tepid in-between will not cut the mustard!
We will need to devote time to being in the presence of our Lord, so that his radical nature will be born within us and will come to the fore. Then we will be prepared and ready to help and serve in the short time of darkness that is coming.
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