“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”Revelation 3:15-16
I grew up in church and I attended the Christian school out of our church. I often saw the same people six days a week at either church or school. I and many of my childhood friends grew up together from kindergarten to ninth grade, and we spent so much time together that there were no secrets among us. We had seen each other during the best and worst of times. As we grew older, we fell into categories of walking with God, not walking with God and those who pretended to walk with God. I tended to be in the category of not walking with God, and I despised those who were “hypocrites” and pretended to walk with God.
The youth leaders and teachers seemed to be fooled by those who pretended to walk with God, but those of us in the know didn’t buy it. I would like to say we were concerned with their spiritual walk and desired they would have a real walk with God, but that is not why we cared about their real character. Our motives were merely selfish as those who pretended to walk with God, in our opinion, were put up on a pedestal and even favored in some instances. We scoffed when our youth leaders praised them as we knew better. We often saw them doing the same things we were doing and it some cases, things that were quite worse. We saw horns when others saw a halo. We knew those who were “fake” quite well, and we were quick to tell them so when not in the presence of adults. As a teenager, I despised this character in a person, but as I grew out of my teenage years, I suddenly became comfortable with that position of being lukewarm.
I have spent a lot of my days in my Christian life walking in the valley of lukewarmness – like old bath water. I have put on a suit and tie, carried a big leather Bible and even sat near the front on Sunday morning. I knew the verses to say, and I read my Bible in the morning to check it off my list. I served in the church, taught Sunday school, and even knocked on doors to tell others about Christ. I am sure there were some who thought I was quite spiritual, and I am sure it brought me preferential treatment from my pastor.
I was the godliest person you ever saw on Sunday, but on Monday, off came the suit and tie and my large leather Bible was placed on the shelf. The godly things I had learned on Sunday were soon discarded for my own will and my own way. I was truly the epitome of being lukewarm, but I was not bothered by this state one bit. The routine played out week after week until I started to realize my true spiritual condition. God’s truth made me aware that I was one He wanted to spew out of His mouth. He was not amused by my “spirituality”, and He saw past my suit and tie. He did not care that I sat in the front row, and He was not impressed with me reading my Bible just to check it off my list. He exposed me for what I was. He knew my works for what they were, and He knew exactly where I stood with Him.
II Timothy 3:5 states, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Where are you today friend? Are you playing church? If you’re cold, why are you choosing to stay that way? If you’re lukewarm, how long will you continue in this state? We must remember that God is not mocked and He truly knows the condition of our heart. Our goal as a Christian should be to draw close to the Father and not be in a place where the Father would want to spit us out. May we be real with a God who already knows our heart, and may we strive to be on fire for Him.