In exile on Patmos Island, the apostle John wrote Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Written in apocalyptic style, John’s visions in Revelation are perplexing. They seem wild, even grotesque at times. Nevertheless, the message of John’s vision in Revelation 3:14-17 is clear:
“… to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”
Note that Jesus is speaking to John through a vision that John is recording. Jesus is the Amen, the faithful and true witness, and the ruler of God’s creation. The Laodicean Christians were self-sufficient and lazy. They had become complacent about their faith.
Laodicea is an ancient example of America in the twenty-first century. Jesus words, ” So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16) are applicable to many calling themselves Christians today. Not merely a figure of speech, Jesus is saying that he is loathsome of lukewarm Christians – those who refuse to stand firm in their faith.
Standing firm in our faith may seem difficult. And sometimes we resist, because it isn’t in our comfort zone. We aren’t ready to step out in faith when the world is reluctant to either believe in or accept our decision to follow Jesus. You’ve heard the sayings, “the time is now” and “never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” Speaking from experience, the longer we wait to make a stand for Jesus, the longer it takes to live beautifully in a broken world.
Note: This blog post is an excerpt from Calming The Chaos