Neither Hot nor Cold

In an effort not to wake my baby girls, I prepare a flask of hot water for my coffee in the morning. However, something must have gone wrong yesterday evening. I sat down this morning, took a big sip, and almost spat it out! I love iced coffee, and this was not iced coffee. I love hot coffee, and this was not hot coffee. Somewhere in the night the water in my flask had cooled just enough to make the coffee unpalatable.

Revelation 3 vs 16

“So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”

This powerful passage echoes my experience with my coffee this morning, and leaves an unsettled, convicting thought in my head. “Am I lukewarm?” The thought of being unpalatable to God feels almost “unchristian.” This loving God that we have come to know is gracious, merciful and kind, He is compassionate and forgiving and He longs for a relationship with us. And yet He remains God, He is a jealous God who demands that we serve and love Him with our whole hearts. He demands that we remain on fire for Him so that we can give Him our everything. He demands that we remain passionate and love and serve Him wholeheartedly.

In my season of rising intentionally at three in the morning, I have found that I have been convicted of many things. This question of being lukewarm is one that I think needs to be answered almost daily, to check the motivation and condition of my heart. It also comes with such a beautiful promise a few verses down:

Revelation 3 vs 19

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

There could be no greater cure for being lukewarm than to have Christ come in and live in us. It is He who will equip us with the ability to overcome and how could we ever remain lukewarm when we are sitting in His Presence?

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