What do you like that is lukewarm?
Well, if you warm a bottle of milk for a baby, lukewarm is good.
If you have a plate of food that needs to be heated, lukewarm is not so much the temperature we like.
If we have cold meat sandwiches and they are lukewarm, not so good. We feel like spitting them out of our mouth.
Please read the following verses.
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!
16 So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
17 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.
18 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.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
20 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.
21 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.
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit say to the churches.”
It took me a while to understand this passage.
I know the Lord would have us be hot for Him, not cold.
But I thought lukewarm would be better than cold.
Then I came to understand its meaning. I love cold water to drink. Warm waters, like in a bath feel good and warm waters were thought to have healing power.
But lukewarm waters were good for nothing. They were not good to drink or to heal.
If we are a lukewarm believer, I suppose we are not a believer at all.
Yet this is how many people live, choosing to walk down the middle of the road, not too good, not too bad.
Be hot or cold believers, both are useable to the Lord God.