Church of Laodicea
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3.15-16 NKJV).
When people are content in their own lives, they may cease to aggressively seek after the Lord. They have traded “God’s best” for its human counterfeit “good enough.” They may continue to go to church, but they aren’t seeking anything from God. They have no expectations because they are physically comfortable, confident and successful. But what they don’t realize is that they are spiritually poor, naked and blind. Because they have it so well in this life on earth, they forget to see through the eyes of eternity to their everlasting existence. They are not submitted or humbled to the Lord; therefore, they are acquiring absolutely no eternal rewards or treasures. In God’s eyes they look destitute, but they can’t see it over their own feelings of security. God can’t bless those who don’t know their need. God can’t clothe those who don’t see their nakedness. God can’t heal those don’t realize their blindness. These people are indifferent to the things of God—neither hot nor cold. God is unable to use them to further His Kingdom Plan on earth as it is in heaven, so His only choice is to leave them to their own fruitless and selfish devices. The only hope lukewarm people have is to realize their need and respond to God’s discipline. They may have walked away from Him for a time, but He is always there, waiting for them to open the door to Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3.20 NKJV).