Friday, August 28

The danger of indifference

Scripture: Ezekiel 4-7, Revelation 3

Revelation 3:19–20 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.  20 Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

Observation

Jesus warns the church at Laodicea against indifference—being lukewarm—and urges them to repent.  He pictures Himself standing outside, knocking and seeking entrance, desiring to come in and share a meal as friends.  

Application

First, notice that verse 20 is applied to the Laodicean church.  Jesus is outside of the church asking to be let in!  We usually use this verse as an appeal to unbelievers, urging them to let Jesus into their hearts—and that’s not wrong.  But in context, it is spoken to Christians, to a church that has grown lukewarm and indifferent.  If you are a lukewarm Christian, half-hearted, self-satisfied, indifferent and coasting, Jesus is knocking on your door seeking entrance!  Let Him in!  

Second, Jesus used this striking metaphor for indifference: being lukewarm.  Both hot and cold water can be refreshing and useful.  But we spit out lukewarm.  Jesus says that He spits out and rejects lukewarmness, indicating that the most deadly spiritual condition is indifference.  It would be better to be for or against, hot or cold, than to be indifferent.  Don’t let your heart slip into this state.  It’s easy to get in and hard to get out.  If you find yourself here, repent (turn to God) and let Jesus in!

Prayer: Lord, so many of us are lukewarm and indifferent.  Stir our hearts.  Call us to repentance.  Come in, Lord Jesus, and fire our hearts again!