In having a brief conversation with a friend we spoke about the “Laodicean” church experience. And the question was asked, “So, what do we do?”
I cannot assume I’m writing to everyone who are the same—Biblically, in understanding, so let me offer text if not only the ideology. Again, one could always ask questions if not fully aware of my intent.
“The angel of the church in Laodicea is rebuked for indifference
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 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. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev 3:14-22 (KJV)
Here we find Christ rebuking His church for their shortcomings. In fact, His church became so bad He likened them to being tepid or lukewarm. If anyone has ever had true lukewarm water, you recognize it is not something you can even drink—willingly. Now, while it becomes the church’s experience or condition during these last days, and “yes” I believe I am a part of the Church of Christ in these last days, I don’t have to have the same characteristics, or rather, I can improve myself to rise above these characteristics and be of valued service. I just now thought how often we criticize church members or the church body as a whole. If the church or member is just completely cold, that is a good thing. You can do something with cold water; however, what Christ wants and we should want is to be hot where we can be of more service and more pliable to be used in whatever way we are called. Can something cold and frozen be pliable? The obvious answer is no, but no one has ever turned away a cold drink of water either! It’s good for something.
I believe if we as individuals really understood our value, our worth, we can overcome lethargy and begin to be worthwhile for the service of God, church and each other.
How many times, I know I have, when I sat in church and heard someone play the piano and wished I could do it? Or how about someone singing and wished I could do that? Or preach, teach, etc. Mind you, I’m not talking about coveting, but having a desire to do what we’ve seen or heard and yet we might buy that piano and take lessons, or sing in that shower but never on a stage, and it is because we haven’t found what God has called us to do and be. I have sung. I have played the piano. I have preached. I have taught. I have done many things, but the one thing, I believe, God has called me to do—NOW, and this stage in my life and He has more than prepared me for this time is to write. Even today someone commented on how much they’ve been “educated” because of my writing. That was a blessing and a confirmation knowing God is getting something “hot” out of me because someone is benefiting. As I shared with my wife who asked me about breakfast some five hours ago, of which I have yet to taste because I’m so filled with the passion of doing what God has called me to do—write! It is truly a fulfilling experience because one overcomes the normal and necessary for that which is needful. NOW I can understand how Moses, Christ, Ezekiel could go without eating for the time in which they did because they were truly subsisting on the “Bread which proceeds from God”.
When we as FIRST individuals come to a conclusive and decisive moment as to know, no, KNOW what we are here for and what God has called us to do, then the “cold” will dissipate and the “heat” begins to take place and we become fervent for God. Anything short of this experience is lukewarmness and never desirable.
November 10, 2016