If you’re in the middle, he’ll vomit!

Revelation 3:15-16″I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other. But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

Hot. Cold. I remember some primary school recitals. Multiplication table, Roman numerals, word and opposite. Hot. Cold. Two words that have direct contrast. It was either hot or cold. There was never a space for Mr lukewarm. I guess you’re wondering where I’m going to right? Maybe Luke would help us understand better.

Luke Warmer Middleton just got into college. He was so excited to begin a new phase of his life, and get involved with the activities and fun encounters in the college. Oh how he couldn’t wait! On his first day, the trumpeter group approached him and talked him into joining the group. After playing his favourite song, Luke became obsessed with the trumpet. He joined the group immediately, and started to do everything they did together. In fact, Luke became a trumpet himself. A week after, the horn players approached Luke, and after playing his favourite song as well, Luke fell in love with the horn. However, the school policy was that a student could only belong to one music group. Luke refused to choose between the trumpet and the horn. He wanted to be part of both even when he had to pick one. He wanted to do a little of trumpet and a little of horn too. On the day of the school’s musical play, Luke put both the trumpet and the horn in his mouth and tried to play both at the same time. The sound was so terrible and disturbing that the music director came up stage and sent him out of the hall and out of music. From that day, everyone called him the middle man.

Now as unrealistic as this illustration may seem, I believe it helps clarify our subject matter to an extent. If you go through revelations chapter 3 (very mind-stricking chapter!), you’ll discover that Christ had a whole lot to say to the churches of old. However, the most relatable one that really got me was the message to the church in Laodicea. That church though! Have you ever puked because you were so irritated with something that you couldn’t stand? That was exactly how God felt about the Laodicean church. These people were described as lukewarm. They weren’t hot and they weren’t cold.They just had a little bit of hot and a little bit of cold. To understand better, let’s differentiate between hot and cold (not literally of course). You see, light is accompanied with heat. A candle can only burn and give light when it is lit right? Now imagine a cold dark house filled with people. Once the fire place is set, people would automatically rush towards it to get warm and to see. The light of Christ inevitably produces a strong sense of warmth in a believer’s heart. Your soul and whole body begins to burn for Christ and you so desperately want to be aligned with him so that you can please him. In other words, you’re HOT for him. A hot Christian. But on the other hand, when you can no longer feel the heat, the burning passion, the fiery vibe in your heart, you may be seen as COLD. A cold Christian no longer feels the need to be with Christ and so blends into the attributes of the World. But do you know what strikes me the most? It is the fact that Jesus would rather a person be cold than lukewarm! A lukewarm person is not totally hot and not totally cold. He’s somewhere in the middle. Sometimes he gets attracted to God for a moment and maybe feels the need to pray. Other times he joins the crowd and live the life hard, having a “good” time. So he’s the middleman. He wants to taste both sides. Jesus said in Mathew 12:30 : “whoever is not with me is against me and whoever does not gather with me scatters”. There is no space for lukewarm friends. God hates lukewarm! The worst thing about lukewarm Christians is that they are unable to see their own spiritual condition for what it is. At least, a cold Christian is aware that he isn’t for God anymore. But a lukewarm Christian thinks he is for God whereas he’s not. I understand that times are hard and day by day it gets harder for a Christian (teenager) to maintain his stand. But we need to pick a stand. My friends would say “pick a struggle”. We need to define our lives. Are we burning for Christ or for the world? If we are in the middle, we’re sending out a message to non believers that it’s OK to sit on the fence. We’re saying it’s OK to listen and get interested with ungodly stuffs, and come to church on Sunday to lift up holy hands. Isn’t it sad that Jesus would wish a person was cold, than for that person to mix godliness and ungodliness in the same cup? I’m not saying we have to be perfect. Sometimes I get carried away and find myself doing things that God abhors. But we need to set our standard straight. Let people know where we stand. We can’t be professing God this minute and be doing otherwise the next minute. Of course Jesus wants everyone to be for him. But he doesn’t want our partial commitment. He wants us to burn for him alone without getting attracted or associated with wordly pleasures. This is difficult and may seem impossible. So I believe that one way to keep the fire burning is to make repentance a habit. Realign yourself with Jesus everyday. Victoria Orenze said “when they see me, they see Jesus”. Make confession a habit so that people would see Jesus when they see you , and won’t have to think twice to speak about you. So the question now is, are you Hot or Cold? Are you making God crave your heat or making him puke from your lukewarmness? Pick a stand today my love. You’re either for Christ or against him. There’s no space for lukewarm. May the fire on our altar never run dry. Until later, God bless!
PS: Thanks a whole lot for the continual support family! I’m beyond grateful. Don’t forget your questions, contribution, constructive criticisms and encouragements are more than welcome in the comment section. Please share and help others get blessed too!

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