By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 4, 2017
From Series: Easter
Revelation 3:15-16, 19, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat confined in the Birmingham city jail and wrote the following: “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright objection.” Dr. King took a page from Jesus’ words to the ancient church in Laodicea as he addressed his letter to fellow clergymen. In the midst of great civil unrest, he did not admonish the racial segregationists or the hate-filled Klansmen. No, his extreme disappointment was with those who could stand and make a difference, but out of comfort and self-sufficiency did nothing.
Likewise, Jesus rebuked the wealthy, self-sufficient, complacent, and spiritual arrogance of the Laodiceans. Due to their lukewarm approach to their faith and non-productivity within the kingdom of God, Jesus threatened to “spit them out of His mouth” with distaste if they failed to repent. Therefore, within the crazy climate of today’s culture and our microwave mentality, we must be mindful to not invert our posture of surrender and pervert our necessity for Jesus Christ.
Take some time before the Lord to meditate on just how reliant you are upon His power and provision. And pray a high-risk prayer availing yourself for God to work through your reignited passion for His fashion.
Take your spiritual temperature by answering the following questions:
• How many people are you praying for on a regular basis?
• On average, how many people are you inviting to church each month?
• How committed are you to serving within house?
• How great is your willingness to step out of your comfort zone for Christ?
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