In an article on MSNBC called “The Rust Belt” Once Mighty Cities in Decline. It speaks of what happened in the geographical region of our country that was once dominated by the large manufacturing giants of America. As the Auto and Steel Industries declined the cities that grew up around them declined as well. Leaving rusted out hulks of once great Industries.
Where once stood gleaming steel structures rust has slowly began to cover them.
Is that what has happened spiritually to the Church that we grew up in? Can we equate the creeping lukewarmness described in Rev 3:15?
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Has the loss of the once great spiritual organism of the larger Church being split into hundreds of smaller shall we say “less” great organizations allowed a spiritual rust to creep into our way of thinking and living? I use the term church here in a loose way. The organization was never the church yet the body of Christ grew out of the teachings of that organization as given it by Christ. Once we all walked together. Once the sheep were gathered together under one shepherd but when that shepherd was taken away like sheep will do we scattered into hundreds of smaller groups of sheep.
Once we found a shepherd that we could agree with we settled down and felt safe again. But that “Spiritual Rust” of not needing anything else began to create this lukewarm feeling.
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 were so glad to be away from the damaging fire of the Apostates in the old church that when we finally found ourselves among like minded brethren we breathed a deep sigh of relief and went right to sleep!
Now Christ is at our door knocking to wake us up so we can open the door to Him yet like the sleepy virgin of Song of Solomon in chapter 5 we cannot seem to wake up fast enough.
Son 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
Son 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
Are we making excuses to keep from rising up and opening the door for Christ? Has the RUST of an uncaring sleepy attitude begun to prevail in our lives so that we answer the door too late and find ourselves in grave danger.
Brethren rust doesn’t happen all at once. It creeps in and takes over in a quiet way. Until all of a sudden it begins to impact our lives. We begin to freeze up, we can’t move as freely as before. We can’t think as clearly because our mental gears are full of rust.
But unlike the cities of the Rust Belt. We have a built in “Rust Buster”. We have God’s Holy Spirit. We can fill our reservoirs with the Spirit and use it to break free from the rust of Lukewarmness.
The Holy Spirit will provide the Zealousness and Repentance the Christ says we need to open the door to Him that we might be prepared for what is coming. We just have to Rise Up and take advantage of this amazing tool that God has given each one of us.
So stop making excuses like the virgin of the Song of Solomon. Wake up and answer the door now, while there is still time.
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: