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So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:16

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I have a habit with my coffee that some of you will relate to. Others may be tempted to think less of me, but I will just have to risk that for the sake of this devotion.

I am a coffee re-heater. I take my morning cup of coffee and I nurse that same cup for hours. I take a few nice hot sips and set my mug down. Several minutes later, my coffee is lukewarm. It’s no longer good. I head to the microwave to make it hot again. I take a few sips and repeat this process a few more times throughout the morning.

Coffee’s good either hot or cold. There is no in-between. The example of lukewarm coffee can remind us of the importance of having a hot faith. You’re either an all-in Jesus follower or you’re not. Listen to the words written to the church of Laodicea in the Book of Revelation, “Because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

This example of lukewarm liquid would make a lot of sense to the Laodiceans. One of the city’s problems was a poor water supply, which made them very vulnerable to attack. If an enemy surrounded the city, they could easily cut off the water supply. The main supply came on a six-mile aqueduct from the hot springs of Hierapolis. By the time it flowed into Laodicea, it was lukewarm and uninviting.

Just like drinking lukewarm water is terribly unpleasant, so is being a lukewarm believer. This is a picture of apathy, indifference, or compromise. Being spiritually lukewarm is like being hot enough to make it to church most Sundays but cold enough to play down Christianity when it’s not convenient or profitable to you.

When you try to serve both God and world, you end up being rejected by both. The hot Christian is zealous for God, wanting to have an on-fire love for Him. This person is blessed. But why would God prefer someone to be cold than lukewarm as it says in verse 15 “I wish you were either one or the other”?

If someone is cold towards Christ, he or she may hit rock bottom and discover the need for Jesus. When we are away from God, that emptiness can drive us back to Him. But when we have just enough of Jesus to think everything is okay, yet we’re embracing much of the world, we are growing lukewarm and that’s a dangerous place to be.

I was in a café recently and the coffee served was lukewarm. I try to be a flexible person, but I figured I paid for that cup of coffee and I wanted it hot. I ended up using the microwave, not the classiest experience but at least my coffee was hot.

You know Jesus has paid the highest price for us. We don’t want to give Him a lukewarm life. May we burn brightly for Him, constantly stoking the fire of our faith to guard ourselves against lukewarm living.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, forgive me for being neither hot or cold sometimes. I want to be completely devoted to You. Give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your Name.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Would you describe your relationship with God as hot, cold or lukewarm?

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17 Responses to “Hot or Cold”

  1. Mandy Foley says:

    Thanks so much for the lukewarm reminder! I needed this! Blessings!

  2. Daedonda says:

    You are so very right! God deserves our undivided attetention, love, and respect. I don’t want to be a part time christian to a full time God. Thank you for this wonderful devotion. Blessings to you all.❤

  3. Alexis says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder! Beautiful written

  4. Kimberly Thomason says:

    Needed to hear this badly. I know personally when I don’t spend some time daily with Him everything else is off and nothing feels right. Then I spend the rest of my day thinking I missed something because I have, I’ve missed time alone with Him. I will run myself ragged trying to get bills paid, shopping done, appointments met, made, rescheduled, many things but even after getting that all accomplished something’s always missing. I need to put Him first and probably even last at the end of my days so I’m covered and reminded I was never alone. Guess I’m guilty of being lukewarm too. Unfortunately, we all slip. During the warmer months and days I’ll go to church and bible study but come winter I usually opt out due to being disabled with many health issues, in pain and not feeling well, trying to motivate my kid as well but I can still attend sermons online even so and I haven’t done that in awhile. I can always open my bible and read and listen and find peace too. I’ve definitely slipped. Thank you for this reminder. PS I too, am a coffee reheater even from the previous days coffee lol 😂.

  5. Karen says:

    Definite confirmation. Before I read this I posted this on Facebook, Ever wonder if your faith has gotten a wee bit stagnant? Find one of your old bibles from when you were first saved and ask that question again. I get nostalgic every single time seeing those bibles filled with pencil marks and tabs.

  6. Amy says:

    Thx for the great pep talk. However, I cannot relate to ur coffee habit. I down a big less than hot w creamer cup as soon as I’m up! Love you, girlfriends!

  7. Michelle says:

    Hot coffee drinkers, UNITE!

  8. Laquita says:

    Powerful reminder

  9. Debora says:

    This went along with a chapter in a book I’m reading. God is reminding us that if we are lukewarm He is going to vomit us out of His mouth. We will have no part with God if we are lukewarm. May we be on fire for Christ so the fire will spread and others will Come to know Him. 💜

  10. Alicia Roark says:

    I needed this. Thank you so much!!!

  11. Cari says:

    This was very timely for me, though I have a question. I can be very one track minded so when there is something I’m interested in, it can be difficult for me to focus on what I should. I’m currently in a long distance relationship and he takes up so much of my thoughts that it makes it difficult to focus on God as much as I should. However, not focusing on God as much as I should is not unusual, unfortunately. How do I grow in God but still have a relationship?

    • It’s very natural to think quite a lot about someone while dating! God wants you to be in relationship with others and wants to bless you. The key is to put God first and not the relationship (or whatever else) above Him. When the Bible says “Do not have idols” it means don’t exalt a created thing or person above the Lord. Keep reading the Bible, praising God, thanking Him and making Him a part of your every day 🙂

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