LUKEWARMRev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;

 

Notice that Laodicea is said to be Lukewarm because they seem to think that they are rich, increased with goods and therefore have no need of anything.

 

Consider that this is a description of a “self” satisfied person. A person that believes they have all the truth that they need in order to be saved. They believe that their organization of believers is sufficient. That God is blessing them with wealth and growth and so they do not feel a need for anything else.

 

Therefore or because of this attitude of mind, they are no longer zealous they are satisfied and complacent willing to just put in their time till Christ returns. But brethren how does Christ see this attitude or lack of zeal?

 

First off those of you who are satisfied with your ministers aka organization consider what Christ says regarding most of those ministers in the end time stage of Christ’s church era;

 

Eze 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Eze 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

Eze 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Eze 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

Eze 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

Eze 34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

Eze 34:8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

Eze 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

Eze 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

 

There is an awful attitude present within many of our church groups ministry. An attitude described by what is said above and yet because the groups seem to be well off and blessed people ignore what is going on right in front of them. The effort it takes to just ignore what is happening is in itself one of the major contributors to lack of Zeal.

 

Here are two of my favorite verses about Zeal;

 

Ecc 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

 

Isa_59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

 

 

If we truly have zeal for the Word of God there are many ways to put into action the love Christ has given us. We all encounter people in need every day of our lives if we would simply open our eyes. Brethren in Christ, neighbors, coworkers, cashiers, fellow shoppers and motorists present countless occasions to let the light of Christ shine from us. Every interaction is a special moment just waiting to be seized. If we are nonchalant in our attitude towards service, the moments will pass us by. Yet if zeal for God consumes us, we will act upon every opportunity that is presented. We will not be able to walk away from the chance to live the way of God. Like Jesus, we will be compelled to do the will of the Father.

 

One cannot be zealous and self-absorbed at the same time. Following Jesus is about looking outward; to focus inward is to be caught up with the ways of this world, the ways that are opposed to Christ. When we think all is well with us and our church it is very easy to get one foot in the world. Yet we are commanded to hate the world and all the things that are a part of it. Not so easy to do when you feel rich and increased with goods. All of our energies are to be spent on living God’s way of life and preparing ourselves by being a light to this world. Brethren that takes Zeal. You can’t represent God in a lukewarm attitude.

 

We are preparing to be the rulers in the Kingdom of God do we truly see that calling? Are we truly preparing ourselves for that calling? Christ has paid the penalty for our sins but are we using that as an excuse to bury our talent in the sand. Remember the parable of the talent shows how futile and destructive that is. But without Zeal we cannot increase our talents, we need to be clothed about with that Cloak of Zeal mentioned earlier in everything our hands find to do.

 

We are called to be spiritual warriors immersed in a battle for our eternal lives;

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Have you ever seen a warrior go into battle in a lukewarm attitude? Can you imagine what would happen to him if he did? Brethren from the very beginning of your calling you have been immersed in that battle. It is going on now but because you feel so rich with spiritual knowledge you think that it is not happening. And Christ says that you are falling victim to that battle;

Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 

We must open our eyes and see what condition we are in spiritually. There is no such thing as a static Christian in this life. We are either moving forward or we are falling behind. satan wants you to be satisfied like the man who buried his talent in the sand. but if you do as God suggests and repent and become zealous in your actions you can overcome the machinations of satan and his followers and win the spiritual battles that are raging around us daily if only we have the eyes to see.

 

So why are we not more zealous for God the Father and Christ? Why are we not walking in a way that can be counted worthy of our calling.(2Th_1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: )The world in which we live presents many distractions; money, entertainment, and social standing all clamor for our immediate attention. Only Jesus can bring us peace; only He can bring true meaning. Chasing after anything else is futile. If we would devote the time we spent on trivial pursuits to God instead, our lights would shine brightly to the world and light the spiritual darkness around us.. If all of us together lived lives of zealous devotion, the body of Christ and the Spiritual Temple would be transformed. This is what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We follow Him and no one else and we do it “wrapped in a Cloak of Zeal“.

 

When God’s zeal consumes you, you cannot be stopped”No weapon formed against you can stand“. Zeal is the fuel for our passion, and yardstick or thermometer as I once showed that God uses to gauge our spiritual health. We cannot love people the way God commands us without first loving Him with our entire being, being Zealous for Him shows that love in a way no other can. The more you let Christ live in you, the more zealously you will walk in His paths.

 

Christ’s entire focus during Laodicea is to reach His people with this message that you are not as safe as you suppose that you still need to repent and be zealous if you wish to avoid the Great Tribulation ahead and failing that to have enough of His Spirit to come through the other side as a Firstfruit of God’s harvest.

 

 

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