THEME: DON’T BE A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN
TEXT: 2 THESSALONIANS 2: 1-4
Memory Verse: Revelation 3:16 ” So, because you are lukewarm (neither hot nor cold) I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
I was privileged to know a woman minister who would not drink tea anywhere unless it was very hot. For this reason, she would rather boil her water herself to be sure it was very hot and to her satisfaction. We got to know about it when we challenged her why she was not always partaking in the tea and snacks provided for ministers at the short breaks in between 8.00am and 10.00am services on Sundays. She said she would rather not take tea at all than to drink lukewarm tea.
Our Lord Jesus Christ accused the Laodicean Church of the sin of lukewarmness (Rev. 3:14-22). This was a betrayal of His special love for the Church and he rebuked them sharply for it.
Laodicea was the wealthiest of the seven cities in the then Asia. It was known and was popular for its banking industry, manufacture of wool and adventure in medicine. The consciousness of what they thought they had blindfolded them to the myriad of lacks in their lives that were beyond physical resources and intellectual prowess. They thought they had no need of God again. Of a truth, riches will destroy a fool.
Many Christians behave like the Laodicean Church. When they are believing God for a particular miracle, they drew closer to God. They are the first to get to church for services. They pray, love, give and serve to the best of their abilities. But the moment they get answers to their prayers, they relax and withdraw into their shells. This becomes a big burden to the ministers and leaders in the council. Sometimes, half-baked christians or backsliden christians are worse than outright unbelievers. The message that may soften an unbeliever and bring him to his knees would be bluffed as ‘one of those messages’ by unrepentant backsliders. They thus become a double burden to the Church. They are bones that you cannot eat, neither can you throw them away.
There are many temptations that can turn a once vibrant christian into lukewarmness. Make up your mind that nothing, whether abundance or lack, can turn you back from serving your God devotedly. When riches increase in your life, do not serve ‘gold’ instead of God.
HYMN: EMHB 822 – Onward Christian soldiers……
PRAYER: Lord, let a fresh wind of pentecostal grace blow over my soul and all souls in Jesus’ name. Amen.