Women of a New Season: Is it just winter’s chill?

Revelation 3: 15-16:  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

Yikes!  Pretty scary talk from our Jesus.  We need to ponder this a bit.  We sure don’t want Him to spew us out of His mouth, His presence, His sacrifice for us, His heavenly home designed for us.  So, we need to ask, are we lukewarm? Cold? Or hot?  And why?

Ever since the weather turned cold, I’ve sat bundled in my favorite chair, reading or watching TV, complaining about being cold. Meanwhile, my house was on my, “I’ll get to it tomorrow list.”  So, there I sat, idle, shivering and whining.  So today I said, “Ok, get up and get some work done.”  So, I began to change the sheets in the downstairs guest room and off comes my extra sweatshirt.  As I continued working and cleaning that room, I thought, “Man, I’m hot.”  So, I turned down the thermostat.  Suddenly, that verse of Scripture about being neither hot nor cold hit me. This is one of the reasons there are lukewarm, or cold people trying to serve God.  They aren’t working for Him.

Sure, they go to church if it’s warm and not too hot, and mild but not too cold.  Rain or snow is a good reason to stay home, right?  And when they do go, what do they do?  They sit, moaning inside that the music is too loud and the preacher is too strict, loud or long.  They never volunteer when it’s called for, and if they are asked to do something they have an excuse why they can’t.  By the way, an excuse is simply the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.

 There they sit, doing nothing, like me in my chair. “God never speaks to me like that guy says He does to him,” they think, “so betcha that guy’s lying. Why does Martha always testify about something God blessed her with all the time?  She’s probably lying too.”  By this time their temp is down to lukewarm.

The minute I got off my chair and started doing something, I began to warm-up.  The more I worked the hotter I became.  Hmmm? Do you think this would work in the spiritual realm?  Here are some things we know.  Dead things are cold.  James 2: 14 says, Faith without works is dead.  Is your faith dead?  Are you going through the motions of being a child of God?

Starbucks sells a lot of iced coffee, and even more hot coffee, but no one ever orders lukewarm.  It’s gross. Right?  That’s how God feels about us being lukewarm.  We need to take our spiritual temperature.  Examine yourself to see if you are hot, cold or lukewarm.  Even if you try to do something for God, like maybe pick someone up for church, if you don’t do it out of love for God and His people you are on the lower end of the temp scale.

Getting cozy in your comfy lifestyle, like me in my chair, can cause you to become indifferent.  I thought, my house is passable, no sense doing any extra stuff right now.  Not good for the house or me, and even worse if that’s how we feel about our spiritual house.  Get out of your comfort zone.

Indifference is a sin.  A big one. Ask God to forgive you and to help you move closer to Him, and forward with Him.  He will correct and discipline you to try to turn your direction.  You can avoid that by acting first by coming back to Him and offering yourself as His hands and feet to others.

He is standing at the door of your heart knocking.  (Revelation 3:20).  Open it, and let Him in. You will never regret it.  My guest room is looking very nice at this time.  So will your Christian relationship with Jesus if you heed this advice.  Until next time!

You may contact Paula at 304-677-9220 or [email protected] with any questions or comments.


More In Community