'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.Revelation 3:15(NASB)
The letter to the 'Church of the Laodiceans', is perhaps the most solemn and thought-provoking, of all of Christ's, post-resurrection communications, to Church-age believers.
No matter what the temperature of our own spiritual walk, we would all do well to consider some of the serious accusations the Lord Jesus uttered to these lukewarm Christians. I know your deeds. I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot.
Jesus is the omniscient God, Who knows the very thoughts of our inner heart - and He did not give one word of commendation and praise to these Laodicean believers, as is evident, when we read through the letters that were addressed to the previous six Churches.
As we read through Christ's criticism of these people in Laodicea, we discover that they made Him sick to the stomach - to the extent that He threatens to 'vomit them out of His mouth!'.
These apathetic believers were indifferent to the high price that Christ had paid for their salvation. They were not loving their Lord with all their heart.. nor were they spiritually on fire for Him.. And as a result, Jesus labelled them as wretched, and miserable.. poor, blind, and naked.
What a shocking description of those that had been commissioned to go into all the world, and preach the good tidings of great joy, to a lost and dying world! What a disgraceful legacy and deplorable example this Church has left, for all that would come to faith in Christ after them. What an important lesson we can all learn from their apathy, indifference and lack of enthusiasm, for the glorious gospel of grace.
Not only were these believers not on fire for Jesus - but neither were they icy cold against Him! Those that spit out hatred for God and display animosity towards Christ and His people, do at least give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to stop them in their tracks and bring them, in repentance, to the foot of the cross.. by convicting them of sin, righteousness and judgement - as happened with Saul of Tarsus -who was wonderfully converted to become Paul.. God's chosen apostle to the gentiles.
Whether the attitude of these believers was a total indifference to Christ's sacrifice on the cross, a general disinterest in getting to know the Lord Jesus, and the power of His resurrection - or simply a lukewarm spirituality.. due to a carnal, self-inflated ego and self-satisfaction in their own abilities - these believers were the group that disgusted the Lord Jesus, more than any other Church, that is listed in the book of Revelation.
May we learn from their example, and seek to live godly lives unto the Lord. May we become like those that are on fire for the Lord and in love with our precious Saviour. May we exhibit the characteristic of Christ in our daily life, and may we bear much fruit-of-the-Spirit, for His praise and glory - so that our life may become a wonderful witness to our God and Saviour - and His name be glorified in our lives.
Heavenly Father, thank You.. that I have the opportunity to learn a spiritual lesson, on how to live godly in Christ Jesus, through the failure of these people at Laodicea. I pray that my life may become a light in a darkened world and that my word may be witness to the goodness and grace of God.. to all, with whom I come in contact, for Your praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.