How Committed Are You?

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!
— Revelation 3:15-16

Yesterday morning in our AM service, Evangelist Tim Lee preached an awesome sermon on commitment.  He briefly mentioned Noah’s commitment to building the ark and standing alone.  Then he mentioned others in the Bible who were committed even though they stood alone.  They were committed to doing what God had called them to do.

There’s nothing any better than a good hot cup of coffee with an apple fritter in the morning when you get up.  I love my morning coffee and it must be hot.  Now I know some people go to Starbucks and get and Ice-cold brew and they say that’s pretty good too.  Coffee is great hot, and they tell me it’s great cold, but I cannot stand lukewarm coffee. The thought of it is sickening. It just doesn't cut it.

In Revelation 3, Jesus spoke of lukewarm individuals in the church of Laodicea. He said, "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other!" (verse 15). It's interesting that Jesus said He would prefer either hot or cold. You would think He would have said, "I would rather you be hot. But if lukewarm is all I can get, it's better than nothing."

You would think that lukewarm would be more acceptable to Him because it is somewhat close to hot. But Jesus was saying, "I don't want lukewarm. I don't want half-hearted commitments. I want you to decide. I want you in or I would rather you were out."  When I was a young Christian, I just couldn’t figure that out but years later it became plain as day.

Think about it. If you're hot, you're in. If you're on fire, if you're walking with God, then you're where God wants you to be. But if you're cold, hopefully, you will at least realize you're cold and one day realizes your need for Christ and come to Him.

But the lukewarm person is in the worst state of all because he is self-deceived. The lukewarm person says, "I go to church. I read the Bible sometimes. I kind of believe in God, when it's convenient." That is the worst state of all. All of us need to do a self-check and ask ourselves the question, what is our spiritual temperature today?  Committed? God Bless!