We are sure that if you drink coffee you do not like it lukewarm. You like it piping hot. Why else would you pour it into an insulated mug? The same can be said if you enjoy lemonade or iced tea. You don’t drink either of them at room temperature. You fill the glass with ice cubes and drink it ice cold. When enjoying your favorite beverage you want it to be either hot or cold but not somewhere in the middle. What about your favorite sports team? You probably are not lukewarm or room temperature about that team. When you cheer for a team you are considered a fan. The word fan comes from the word fanatic, which means “excessive enthusiasm or intense devotion.”
If you are a follower of Jesus now think about your relationship with Him. Are you lukewarm or room temperature? Do you sometimes just casually pursue Jesus, or do you go after Him with all that is within you? We don’t like lukewarm beverages, nor are we lukewarm about our favorite sports team, yet in the most important relationship we can ever have we are often only lukewarm.
God does not us to be lukewarm. In fact, in the last book in the Bible, Revelation, we see these words written to the church in Laodicea – “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (3:16)
We are called to seek after God with every ounce of energy we have. We see this very thing written in the opening verse of Psalm 63 – “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” In Psalm 42:1, we read a similar message – “As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
So you see, we are not to be lukewarm followers of Jesus, but instead, we are to be piping hot in our pursuit of Him. And the good news is that if we seek Him in that manner the Bible tells us that we will find Him. In Deuteronomy 4:29 we find these words – “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Later on, in Jeremiah 29:13, in a different context we are told – “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Just as your coffee tastes best when hot, your relationship with Jesus is best when it too is hot. So today, we ask you, are you only lukewarm for Jesus? If so, right now ask Him to ignite a passion in you that turns your “lukewarmness” into “piping hot!”
New Bern, North Carolina