By Pastor Neil Kenyon, Salem, IN.
It seems that many are passionate about many things, except for Christ! One can have a passion for movies or actors – but not for Christ. It is okay to have a passion for certain styles of clothing, but not for Christ. A visible passion for certain foods or restaurants or hobbies or sports teams or individuals is okay – but not so for Christ, who often is obscured, even hidden, in one’s life. It is okay to support a cause such as gun rights and the second amendment, or animal rights, that’s fine….. but when it comes to Christ, passion, for many, seems to have become lukewarm!
In His revelation to John, as recorded in Revelation 3, Jesus described the church at Laodicea as being lukewarm. They had lost their passion. Their drive and dedication for Him had become stale and dry! They were serving the Lord half-hearted without gusto or dedication. It is clear that they were going through the motions but they had lost their desire – their passion! Jesus compared their relationship with Him to the temperature of something to be consumed: A drink, or food, that is to be served hot is not good if it is not hot, and that which is to be served cold is not good if it is not served cold – therefore, it is spewed out of one’s mouth! It follows, then, that a Christian who has lost his passion for Christ – a lukewarm person, who is only going through the motions of being a Christian, has lost his usefulness to the cause of Christ!
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:14-16)
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire…… (Rev. 3:18)
Christ counseled the church at Laodicea to, “Buy me gold tried in the fire.” (Gold tried in the fire is a reference to a process in the refining of gold that removes the impurities.)
Behold, He knocketh! If, for some reason, your relationship with Christ has become stale, or dry – even lukewarm, may you have ears to hear that the first and the last – the alpha and omega – the one standing at the door, counsels you to invite Christ to enter in and remove the impurities and refine your passion for Him!