Revelation 3:16 “So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
This verse from the book of Revelation was written to the church in Laodicea, a city in what is now Turkey. These words sum up how God feels about hearts that aren’t fully committed to Him. Revelation 3:15 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!” God would rather we were cold than lukewarm. He does not do things half way, and He requires no less of us. I believe this would include a complete commitment to His Word. All or nothing. Consider the following verses as evidence: Deuteronomy 12:32—“See to it that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”; Proverbs 30:5—“Every word of God is flawless…”; 2 Timothy 3:16—“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful…”
The Bible is full of absolutes when speaking of following God and His Word. He did not give us the liberty of picking the parts we like. Nowhere in the Bible does it say follow only the commands that you like, or part of my Word is all you need. That would be a lukewarm belief. And in addition to being distasteful to God, leaves us in a weakened state. Imagine what it would be like if people decided which driving laws to follow. Chaos would ensue on the streets and highways. Or picture a tower built of blocks. As you pull out individual blocks in the structure, it becomes weakened. Like a game of Jenga, when enough blocks are missing, the tower collapses. It is the same with the Word of God. Without all of it, we are unbalanced, lack the strength to continue standing and are left open to spiritual attack and collapse. We are warned in Ephesians 6:11 to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Verse 17 tells us that part of that armor is the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. If we have a lukewarm belief, we will lack His power and protection. It is the condition of our hearts and minds that determines the temperature of our belief. A lukewarm belief is evidence of a lukewarm heart.
Where is your belief in God’s Word lukewarm?
What will you do to turn up the heat?