Neither Hot nor Cold - Hope 103.2

Neither Hot nor Cold

Read Revelation 3:14-22 14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were […]

By David ReayThursday 28 Mar 2019LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Revelation 3:14-22

14 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:

15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. 18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. (NLT)

Some of us live under an illusion. We imagine we are what we are not. We believe we are better than we are or worse than we are. Churches can be like that: have a false impression of themselves. This was so in the church in Laodicea in the first century. It was situated in a prosperous city and was itself relatively well-off.

But this was illusory. Perhaps they had become deluded by their material wealth and their apparent ‘success’. They are reminded that they have neglected their dependence on God. The image of lukewarm water is an image of uselessness. Nearby were hot medicinal springs which did some good for people. Also nearby the cool refreshing waters of the open sea which were beneficial.

These Laodiceans were lukewarm in the sense that they were not providing real benefit or real fruitfulness. It is not so much lack of enthusiasm or passion: it is more a basic sense of pride and self-sufficiency. They felt good about themselves but in fact were not doing much good to others.

Their remedy, and our own, is to invite Jesus to come in and do some rigorous house cleaning. As churches and as individuals we never outgrow our utter need of Jesus. No matter how good we look, without him we can’t do a lot of good.

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David Reay