Revelation 3: 15-16: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth. NKJV
The other day I was thinking back to when I was a kid. We used to go sledding every time it snowed. My neighborhood girlfriend and I used to build snow forts. No matter the temp, we’d stay out all day and build the walls, and once that was finished, we’d stock the inside with snowballs. We were preparing for the next day when other kids would show up for a snowball battle. It took a long time to build, and we’d keep looking at the slate gray sky, hoping more snow would fall and it usually did. We didn’t feel cold at all, we were too excited about our fort.
But as always, dusk came and we had to go inside. As soon as you were in you stripped off the wet clothes and put on dry ones and stood before the big old stove. Suddenly, you realized you were terribly cold. Those numb noses, fingers and toes began to throb with needles of pain, and you were miserable. About then your mom would tell you to back away from the heat, which helped lessen the pain.
As I thought about those childhood adventures, I realized a lot of church people are like that. They are cold, very cold, but they don’t know it. You see, as long as we were out in the cold, doing something we really enjoyed, we didn’t know we were cold. But getting close to the heat caused great discomfort.
When you go to church regularly and learn about God’s word, you start heating up spiritually. We tend to lean toward what we’re around the most. If you miss church for let’s say hanging out with friends, then your heart will lean toward what goes on there. (Nothing against that, it’s just an example). You could put anything in that space. For example, if you hang out with gossips all the time, you will gossip. Maybe your friends seem to be lax in certain moral standards, like cheating on their spouse, or using foul language, or telling filthy jokes. If so, and you are trying to live the Christian life, beware, you will start to cool down.
When we are cold toward God and go to church, we will get offended when we get a little too close to the heat generated by the Holy Spirit. We think that pastor or those church folks are aiming their words at us, when in truth it’s God.
We are living in the last days. I want all of my friends to make Heaven or the Rapture of the church. It requires a certain amount of commitment to the Lord in order to be sure of this. He isn’t hard to serve, He told us His yoke is easy and His burden light. You don’t have to be a stick in the mud to serve God. You can have fun, actually church should be fun. We should learn in church, but we should also see that God has given us a sense of humor.
Be faithful to church. Learn to enjoy the people of God and the study of His Word. Our time left in this world is very short. Build your fort in Him and always stay close to the heat source. And get excited about your fort, Jesus! Until next time!