Revelation 3:15 (NKJV)
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
Think about what the Lord is saying here. He wants you to either be on fire for Him or the total opposite. We are very much the same. I like iced coffee, the colder the better, my wife likes hot coffee, neither of us like warm coffee. There is no better snack than ice cream… this is not up for debate, warm ice cream on the other hand is not edible. Warm soup on a cold day, you cannot beat that. The point is, most things are better either hot or cold, such is the case with our relationship with the Lord.
When You Are Cold He Knows It
Why would He want you cold? When you are distant and cold, God knows there is a problem. Your coldness and distance prove that your heart is not in the right place. Think about the friendships and relationships you have. When your friendship is right, you know it. When your friendship is wrong, you know it. When that friendship is on the fence, you do not know which side it is going to ultimately fall on. When the friendship is right, you know there is no problem at all and you just keep moving forward. When the friendship is cold, you can take steps to correct it. Once again, when you are in that middle ground, it is hard to understand the direction to go.
God, of course, knows our heart, I am not saying that our temperature is His only signal. But, God can use the coldness of our heart for Him to promote change within us.
He Knows When We Are Hot
When you come across someone on fire, you know it. They are worshipping, they are evangelizing, they are living right. This is exactly what we should be striving for, being completely sold out for Christ!
Pretending To Be Hot, Trying Not To Be Cold
Then there is the lukewarm. Sort of in, sort of out. This is where the Laodicean church found themselves. There was probably some good work going on with there church, there was probably some sin, they were probably not out, but certainly not in. What is important here is the way this story ends, God spits them from His mouth. It’s like taking a drink from a cup of coffee expecting it to be hot and it is room temperature, the natural response is to spit it back into the cup and move on. Do not force God to spit you out!
When God searches your heart and examines your actions, what is He going to find? Will He find a child absolutely on fire for Him? Will He find a cold heart that needs to be mended? Will He find something in between? Our goal, our aim, should be a life completely sold out for the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
John 14:6 (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.