Am I “Lukewarm”?
This is a question we need to start asking ourselves, our churches, our nation! This church needs to think for a while and ask itself!
Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV 1900)
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
1. The church at Laodicea was one of the seven churches in revelation where the church may be at now!
a. Ephesus had lost its strength, Smyrna was still going strong, Pergamos tolerated immorality and idolatry, Thyatira tolerated a Jezebel a cult of idolatry, Sardis while some had kept the faith it was somewhat dead, Philadelphia kept the word of God,
b. Laodicea was Lukewarm and that made God angry. They had allowed their love for worldly possessions to pull them down.
Mark 10:24 (KJV 1900)
24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
c. Why? Because you cannot serve both God and money!
d. Half is a cancer to the church and to Christians Lukewarm means half commited to God!
2. But if Laodicea was rich why say this to me I’m barely getting by! Doesn’t that mean I’m okay?
a. It isn’t possessing money that is evil but the love of money!
1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV 1900)
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
b. Also allowing our problems in lives to get control of us just like when Jesus told the parable of the sower.
Matthew 13:22 (KJV 1900)
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
c. There are some among us who have allowed worries to choke you. Now you spend time thinking about the worry, working for the worry, not working for the Lord!
Matthew 6:24 (KJV 1900)
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
3. Am I lukewarm? What can I do!
a. Ask yourself have I been doing all for the Lord? What has been taking my time.
b. What is on my mind?
c. Do I witness, study, pray the list goes on.
d. How do I make it right? Start at the altar!
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.