When I came to the States for the first time, way back in 79. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why anyone would drink iced tea. The only thing I knew about cold tea was from my mother, she would place a compress of cold loose tea leaves over my eyes if I had some sort of eye irritation. Cold tea was for medicinal purposes. Not for drinking.
My husband is a hot coffee drinker, black, no cream, no sugar. He will drink a cold iced coffee now and again. It use to be more now, than again, until he realized the high calorie count and sugar it contained.
Seriously, who likes lukewarm drinks? Not many I’m guessing, if anyone at all. It’s not palatable, we don’t like it and we don’t ever ask the waiter for a lukewarm drink (unless you just had a tooth removed).
I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! Revelation 3: 15
The Lord doesn’t want us to be lukewarm towards Him. Though cold would not be His choice either, He’ll take it over lukewarm. I’ve been a cold and a lukewarm Christian; neither are good. Neither are satisfying or fulfilling.
When I was cold towards the Lord, I wandered through life without fellowship with Him. My prayer life was nothing more than audible complaints from me to Him. If He had wanted to say something to me, He couldn’t, I didn’t pause from my complaining long enough to hear Him. I didn’t attend a local church and I didn’t read my bible.
I’ve had times of lukewarm too. Google dictionary explains lukewarm as, unenthusiastic, halfhearted and lackadaisical. Yep, that was me when it came to the things of God. Going through the motions of attending church service, singing the worship songs simply because it was worship time, but no actual worship radiating from my heart. I was doing church, but not being the church.
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20
That scripture was spoken to the church at Laodicea. The church! Not those who hadn’t yet come to know Jesus. Though, yes, they too are welcome to open their hearts to Him. We don’t have to stay cold or lukewarm we can have hearts on fire, burning with love for the Lord and knowing His love for us. We can be the Church, radiant in His presence. Glowing with His love. His word, the Bible, alive and speaking to us. This is not for a chosen few, it’s for you and me. It’s for anyone who desires more of God in their life.
How do we get from cold or lukewarm to hot in His presence? We listen when He invites us back to himself. This maybe that time for you, do you feel the tug, a desire for an authentic in the moment relationship with Jesus?
We turn away from our indifference and open our heart to Him. Open it to His love, His mercy and forgiveness. Whatever the reason was that caused us to turn our eyes away from the Lord can be forgiven if we but ask. Can be healed if we abide in Him. The Lord invites us to sit at His feet, to feast on His goodness. To know Him as one would a close dear friend. He invites us to pull up a chair and enjoy fellowship with Him once again.
Cold. Lukewarm. Hot. The choice is ours.
Live radiant in Christ dear friend
Iced Tea; Bady qb/Unsplash.
Coffee; Ben Kolde/Unsplash.
Fire; John Mark Smith/Unsplash