Abigail and I were helping in a kitchen to feed a crowd. There was food sitting in a warmer that wasn’t used. When the meal was over we were transferring the food to the refrigerator. She was explaining to me the importance of keeping food really hot or in the refrigerator or freezer.
She warned me that if the food wasn’t hot enough, it didn’t take long for the food to grow bacteria and be dangerous to eat. If the food was put into the refrigerator, the food would stay fresh much longer. However, that lukewarm temperature is very dangerous and can be deadly.
I thought about Revelation 3:14-22 where Jesus gave a very similar warning about our relationship with Him. He was addressing the church at Laodiceia when he said he wished they were either cold or hot, but they were neither…just lukewarm. And that made him want to throw up.
Because they thought they had plenty to eat, nice clothes, and money in the bank, they didn’t need God. Jesus told them they didn’t realize they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. You would think they would at least realize it if they were that bad off!
But I have been right there where the Laodiceans were. I was going my own way, doing my own thing, thinking I was just fine figuring out life on my own. Thank the Lord He showed me I wasn’t nearly as well off as I thought I was!
In verses 18 and 19 Jesus asks the Laodiceans to come to Him and repent because He is standing at the door knocking wanting to be involved in their lives, meet their needs, and have them live with Him in heaven.
Jesus says eveyone he loves, he rebukes and chastens. Now chasten isn’t a word I hear every day. When I looked it up, it means to correct by punishment or suffering, to discipline, purify. I feel like I’ve had some of that in my life. It’s not anything a person would ask for, but like disciplining a child, it brings about great results.
My grandfather went to be with the Lord when I was a teenager, but I can still see him sitting in a cane-backed chair…all 6’3” and 250 pounds of him, saying and then winking, “Sometimes you gotta get the kid’s attention.” When I heard that, I shivered knowing exactly what he was talking about! I think God has had to get my attention a lot over the years.
Jesus wants the same for us today as He wanted for the Laodiceans. He wants a vibrant daily relationship with us. Are you tired of life getting you down? Are you weary of trying to solve your problems only to see things get worse? Do you long to rest and not worry? In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says,
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In I Peter 5:6,7 the apostle Peter said,
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Keep looking up,