Today you should read: Revelation 3:14-22
Lukewarm…it’s good for nothing
This is, perhaps, one of the most well known passages in Scripture. Most have heard of the lukewarm analogy. But however common it is, it still holds a punch.
This section is to believers. The church. Which church? The church in Laodicea. It is a complacent church. One that doesn’t recognize its need for Jesus any longer.
There was a river near by, called the Lycus River. This water flow was not refreshing for them, because it was muddy. There was also water flowing from a hot spring, which was located about 5 miles away. This water was also less than refreshing because it was lukewarm by the time it got to them in Laodicea. This picture, of the uselessness of lukewarm water, was very real.
Lukewarm is how this church is being described. It’s not hot and refreshing. It’s not cold and refreshing. It’s lukewarm.
Knowing that this is a complacent city, and a complacent church, which doesn’t recognize their need for Jesus anymore, we can see why they are called lukewarm.
Their faith is complacent. Their faith is not accomplishing anything of worth. They’re not being refreshed by the presence of the Lord, themselves, and they’re not bringing holy refreshment to others. They say, “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that they are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (v.17).
And this picture is so true of us. If we’re honest, even at best, most of the time our faith is flimsy. We have a tendency to be lukewarm. We don’t think we need Jesus. We think we’re good on our own. We want to believe anything other than, “I am wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” But the truth is we need Jesus at all times and in all ways.
So, if we find ourselves lukewarm, how does Jesus tell us to respond, in this passage? He tells us clearly in verses 18-22. He tells us to repent, to get what we need from Him, to “open the door” to close fellowship with Him, to desire Him, to treasure Him, and to acknowledge our bankrupt souls.
Here are some question we can ask ourselves, today:
Am I lukewarm in my faith? Do I think I am “rich” without God? If so, will I repent? Will I acknowledge my need for Him? Will I make every effort to have closer fellowship with Him, starting today?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione