Revelation 3:16, “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth!”
Our verse for today is very graphic! It reveals how God feels when we sit on the fence instead of fully living life for Him. Some translations of Revelation 3:16 say God “vomits” when He sees His people straddling the fence, void of commitment to either side. Bottom line: lukewarm living makes God want to spew us from His mouth!
Obviously, God wants us to have a burning passion for Him, but isn’t it interesting that God would rather us be cold than lukewarm? God doesn’t want to see us waffle and waver between following Him closely and rebelling against Him. He wants us to make a choice and stand by it.
With that in mind, let’s get personal and practical for a moment. Do you act differently on weekdays than you do at church on Sundays? Are you all-in with Jesus when things are going well and angry and bitter towards Him when they aren’t? That’s being lukewarm! Consistency is something God models throughout Scripture. Therefore, He wants us to have the courage to consistently follow His biblical principles, even when it’s not the easiest or most popular thing to do.
Do you live a lukewarm life? If so, it’s time to hit the thermostat and crank up the heat daily with God. Crawl down from the fence and take a stand for God with confidence, consistency, commitment, and conviction. Be hot for God and make Him smile — it’s a far better image to swallow than the thought of God spitting us from His mouth!
Heavenly Father, Give me the courage to be bold and always take a stand for what’s right in Your eyes. Whenever I’m tempted to straddle the fence, remind me that it’s the worst place I can be. Help me to “crank up the dial” on the thermostat in my heart and live in a manner pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.