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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Between Two World (Reflections on Revelation 3:15-16 - Part 2)

Is it possible our attitude of “I need nothing” allows us to live a double life?

What are we like when we’re with Christians? Are we different when we’re with people who want nothing to do with Jesus? Have we convinced ourselves we can love the Lord and, at the same time, embrace the gods of our culture with equal passion?

How can we do both? Where is our integrity, our honesty?

Have we no fear of an Elijah moment? In his day, Israel worshipped the Lord and Baal – the demon god exalted among the nations. “How long,” the prophet thundered, “will you go limping between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kgs 18:21).

Make a decision. Stop living between two worlds.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said the same to the Laodiceans. It was an Elijah moment. In His resurrected glory, the Lord appeared to the Apostle John, imprisoned on the island of Patmos. He told John to write the Laodiceans and tell them He knew their heart.

They’d compromised. They’d broken allegiance with Him.

He illustrated it by pointing to their water. Their situation required they pipe in cool, fresh water for drinking. At the same time, they had access to mineral waters – hot and medicinal – where people could bathe for the healing of their bodies. Hot water. Cold water. Used for two very different purposes.

“You are neither cold nor hot,” spoke the Savior. “Would that you were either cold or hot!” Like Elijah before Him, He confronted them: Make a decision. Stop living between two worlds. If hot, be hot. If cold, be cold. But the Laodiceans were neither.

They were worse. They tried to be both. Hot mixed with cold. Cold mixed with hot. “You are lukewarm,” declared the Lord Jesus Christ to His church at Laodicea. The cool drinking water and the hot mineral water mixed into one.

Why do that? What good is it?

They can’t drink it. Not with the minerals. They can’t bathe in it. Not for washing. Not for healing. If anyone tried to drink it, they’d instantly get sick. The minerals – the salt, the sulfur alone would make them convulse, retch, and vomit.

“This is you!” said the Lord to the Laodiceans. It described both “your works” (vs 15) and you -- “you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot.” As a result, Jesus said – His reaction strong and physical, “I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev 3:16 NKJV).

He can’t – nor will He ever -- tolerate His people living between two worlds. No double life. No mixing. No following Jesus one minute and the modern day Baal the next. Make a decision. Be one. Be the other. But never caught between.

It makes Him retch.

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