Growing up in Florida, our house was across the street from a river. We never swam in this river because often it would get blocked upstream and the water would become stagnate. When water stagnates and is not active in any way, there is all kinds of potential for rotten things like diseases and the insects that carry them to begin to be active in that water. It is because of this that the World Health Organization recommends clearing out stagnant water.
Similarly, many of us as believers feel that if we are just neutral and not sinning explicitly, we are doing good, while not realizing that our neutrality leaves our souls in a stagnant position for other things to be produced in our lives that we would not like. Sin will take that opportunity of us not being fully invested and use it to destroy us.
Revelation 3:15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
In the book of Revelation, John is writing to encourage the churches in Asia Minor. The vision he received offered encouragement to persecuted christians and assurance that God was still in control. This passage comes out of that in which he calls out the “Christians” who are not being active in their faith at that time.
During this time, water would need to be boiled or prepared in such a way to be deemed safe for consumption. This would lead to drinks typically either being served hot or cold. If a drink was lukewarm, it could mean that it had not been properly prepared.
We as Christians are called to be ready to give a reason for the hope we have. This means that we are to be active in our faith and not just going through the motions. We are called to love God and to love people. This means we should constantly be trying to show the good news of the gospel to the people we encounter. God desires for His people to live in such a way that our relationship with Jesus is clearly evident.
Father, today let me live in such a way that people see Jesus in me. I pray that I am active in my relationship and that people come to know you through my actions. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live for you. I love you.
In Jesus name - Amen
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