“One way or the other”


I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:15,16 ESV


Lukewarm is not appetizing when it comes to food and drink and even less so to the Lord when it comes to our walk with him. To be lukewarm is to be a fence sitter, you’re in neutral not going anywhere. The Lord is not pleased with such behavior as he told the church at Laodicea. He looks for action one way, or the other.

Jesus threatened to expel an entire church because of their lukewarmness. That should get our attention. Because, lukewarmness is an easy place to be. Many of us have been there at one time or another. We got to the point when we weren’t on fire anymore, and simply began to drift along in our walk with the Lord. We had become rather apathetic, just going through the motions. Until something happened that woke us up.

Imagine what a wake up call it was for the church at Laodicea to read these words. To be told, as a body of believers you are no longer acceptable to the Lord. You have become unpleasant to him, and he is about to remove you from his presence. This is the reality of lukewarmness.

If you are lukewarm in your walk with the Lord today, consider this a wake up call. Wake up and remember what he has done for you, and how much you love him for it. Remember those that have yet to hear about the saving power of the gospel, and determine to tell them about it. Be on fire once again.

Remember what Paul said about the love of God; “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” No one else, nothing else can separate us from him, but we can separate ourselves from him. A permanent state of lukewarmness on our part can separate us from him.

That should be a wake up call for all of us. Its time to be on fire for him again!

© 2015 Leo J. Woodman


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