“You make me sick!!”

Has someone ever said that to you? Only one person has but one is definitely enough! It is so confronting!

Do you realize that you can make Jesus want to throw up? In the book of Revelation Jesus, through John, writes a letter to the church at Laodicea and the words he uses are stinging. He says: “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16 ESV)

Near Laodicea there was a river which had lukewarm salty water that was couldn’t be used for anything. In fact if you tried to drink it you would throw up! Jesus is saying to the Laodcieans you are like this water useless and you make me want to throw up![1]

But did you see why the Laodiceans make Jesus want to throw up? It was because they were lukewarm! They weren’t on fire for Jesus. This is a challenge for all of us because we all tend towards lukewarmness don’t we? We are all tempted to have just enough of Jesus so we are saved but not enough so that we are seen as on fire for Jesus.

But what is the cure for lukewarmness? Well Jesus gives us the cure:

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:19 ESV)

See what he says? Repent and be zealous!! Do you realize that lukewarmness is a sin to be repented of? Do you realize that Jesus wants you to live zealously for him? 

How will you do that? How will you live every moment if every day for Jesus?

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[1] On this point see Osborne, Grant R. Revelation (BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.) , 205

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