I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of sweet tea on a hot summer’s day. And only God rivals the healing power of a steaming bowl of chicken soup when you’re sick. If either one grows lukewarm, and it quickly loses its appeal.
In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus applies this hot and cold imagery to the people of the church in Laodicea, and it serves as a caution to us, as well. Matthew 5:16 tells us to let your lightshine before men so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Your good deeds.
The nature of those deeds are to bring healing and restoration to the spiritually sick (chicken noodle soup), or refreshment and encouragement to the spiritually weary (like that glass of sweet tea). It’s when our deeds bring neither that we fall into that lukewarm category.
To get a measure of the “temperature” of our spiritual health, we only to look at what’s happening around us. Are our relationships in good standing? Are we encouraging others? We we serving others? Are we helping meet the needs of people in our community and beyond?
If we can answer yes to these types of questions, then we know that we are on the right track. If not, then we need to ask God to help align us back to His perspective.
Father, don’t allow me to become complacent in my walk with you. Open my eyes to see the need around me, to ways that I can participate at home and at church in bringing healing and refreshment to others. Thank you that you care so much about each one of us, that you came up with the idea of church—a collective body of believers who can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world.