Ever had God hit you over the head with a verse?
Every so often, I’ll hear the same verse, over and over again, until finally, I stop and pay attention. This probably tells you about what ends God needs to go to when getting my attention, how zoned out in my own world I can be. Thankfully, God is persistent, even when I am not.
I just finished reading the book of Revelation in my morning Bible reading, and I was struck by God’s word to the church in Laodicea: “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). But of course, I didn’t let it sink in very much at the time.
I recently learned the context for this verse, how it was very specific to the city of Laodicea, whose water source were hot springs from a distance. By the time the city got the water, it was lukewarm, not refreshing at all.
At the writers’ conference I attended last weekend, over and over again, every speaker kept quoting that verse. I wondered if I missed some conference theme. But of course, it was God, asking me to take note.
So I’m prayerfully considering what that verse means for me. I don’t have the answers yet, but I’m paying attention now.
I’m wondering in what areas of my life I’m being lukewarm, not on fire for Christ. Or, what calling has God given me that I’m not pursuing in the fullest, just content with the comfortable, easy way, instead of the challenging extremes? I’m sure it’s yes on both counts.