“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” (Revelation 3:15-16 NKJ).
Lukewarm means to stay in the middle ground. You put yourself in a position wherein you don’t want to do a thing. You are passive and playing “dumb.” If there are only two sides of a coin, you foolishly act like you’re on the third side. You stubbornly refuse to give or accept either “yes” or “no” for an answer. A lukewarm spirit is a dangerous hindrance to an overcoming faith. Not only that he/she refuses to participate in the faith journey, but breeds confusion and division amongst faith travelers.
The first three chapters of the Book of Revelation is the prophetic utterance of Jesus as warnings and sign posts for every believer. It uncovers the dangers ahead of you, and it prepares you to overcome every obstacle and hindrance to your faith journey. One of the sign posts is becoming lukewarm in the spirit or in the heart. The message is directly given for you as an individual member of the Church – the Body of Christ.
You’re the only person, as a believer, who is responsible for your faith. When you fail in your faith journey, you cannot blame anyone other than yourself. Because you’re the only person who makes determination of the outcome of your faith, you are then responsible for it, and will give an account at the end of the day. “Someone offended me, or put a stumbling block on my faith walk,” is not an acceptable excuse for not continuing to run and finish your race. You are responsible to make the call in your life. Here is the list (according to Scriptures) on how to conquer a lukewarm spirit:
• Make a firm decision to choose life.
“I call heaven and earth as witness today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJ).
There is only one life to choose, and that is the life given by God. Only a fool and a deceived will reject the offer of God. But if you’re looking for a life worthy of living, then choose the life of God. If you believe that natural life is precious, how much more is the life God has given us through Jesus Christ. Natural life on earth averages from 70 to 80 if you get “lucky.” That’s what people say on the street. However, the life God has given you is more than any unit measure ever invented by man. It is life everlasting, eternal life with God.
• Be heavenly minded.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4 NKJ).
To put in a spin on this verse, basically it means to stop being worldly. Being worldly is simply a problem of the lust of the world and the lust of its glory. In a practical sense, almost everybody wants to be a millionaire, or have financial freedom and financial security in this present life. And almost all of us want our three minutes of world of fame, or some recognition especially if we deserved it.
But observe how a veteran of the faith and a seasoned man of God sees the world differently in the eyes of a spiritual man. The apostle John says,
“Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17 NKJ).
The material things of this world will never ever satisfy the desires and the lusts of men. Greed is man’s nature. Greed is the foremost reason for man’s determined act of violating God’s commandments. Greed is the root of all evil. Greed kills. Greed abuse. Greed tortures. Greed steals. Man is way too far from a civilized creature of the earth to learn the answer on the question: How much is enough?
You see, generations forget generations. This present generation may probably remember its heroes for a while, but not the incoming generations and the following generations. People forget and quietly fade away in time. And maybe, maybe the last man of that generation may remember a thing of the past. But praise God, an obedient child of God abides forever!
• Continue to abide in Christ.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NKJ).
Without Christ in your heart, you live a miserable life. You cannot bear the fruit of His life and the fruit of His righteousness. It means you don’t have the real life that is planned and prepared for you by God. Jesus promises that if you continue in Him, you will bear fruits. Life in Christ is always blessings after blessings.
On the other hand, without Christ in your life, you cannot do anything. You may say that you can do it your way, but be warned because at the end of your way there is destruction. No matter how hard you try to be on top of the world, or to be a phenomenal success, or to be able enjoy the fruit of your labor, but without Christ in your life, you are still missing the point, lacking, and continuously seeking to satisfy the longing soul.
Be a serious follower of Jesus. You can do all things in Christ, who gives you the strength to accomplish anything in this world, for His glory. In Christ, you are destined for success.