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. (Revelation 3:15-16 KJV)
I’m in mourning, again. The deceased is my coffeemaker. She was a good one. She worked for ten years, greeting me each morning with the perfect cup of coffee. Now, I am faced with the dilemma of finding another one that works as well as she did. (The current replacement doesn’t!)
Why not just buy the same kind?
Experience has taught me the same brand name doesn’t guarantee it will work the same.
By now, you understand I get emotionally attached to my things. I keep things until they just stop working. Never mind matching or upgrading. I think one of the reasons is I loathe buying a new untested product. True, it’s been tested by the company, passed inspection and given a stamp of approval.
But the real stamp of approval comes from me, the owner. I’m the one that says whether it’s a great coffeemaker, or not. If I can feel the slight burn all the way down when taking that long awaited sip, then it gets my stamp of approval.
However, if after making my coffee, I have to microwave it, TWICE, before I finish it, well then…
In the above verse, Christ is speaking to the Laodiceans. They had placed their own seal of approval. Their assumption of being rich and in need of nothing was wrong. The Lord called them wretched, poor, blind, and naked. He counseled them to buy gold tried in fire, white raiment, and eye salve (vv. 17-18).
I’m sure with His rebuke came surprise and conviction. But with His loving correction came a conformation of His love and instructions: Be zealous and repent.
We understand why we must repent. But why must we be zealous (heat).
Because lukewarm is tasteless. Meh. Bland.
As a coffee drinker I totally get it. We like our coffee either hot or cold. Lukewarm coffee is usually spewed out, poured out, or thrown in the trash.
Just like this coffeemaker when I find a replacement!
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