“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” – Revelation 3:15-17
In the preceding verses, Jesus is basically saying that the only way that people are of real use to Him is when they are fully devoted. A lukewarm “Christian” is in a dangerous position. It may prove much easier to bring a professing atheist to salvation than it is to bring a lukewarm Christian to salvation. Lukewarm Christians are the ones who attend church just because that is how they have always spent their Sunday mornings. Lukewarm Christians are the ones who read and study the Bible but do not put into practice what they have learned from it. Lukewarm Christians are the ones who forget about God when they have enough money to make them feel happy and safe. Lukewarm Christians are the ones who think that if they do not lie, steal, or commit murder, it is enough to please God. Lukewarm Christians are the ones who Jesus will spit out of His mouth in the same way that many of us would spit lukewarm water out of our own mouths. Lukewarm Christians are in danger of going to hell.
KEEP IT HOT
Of all of the people that I have had come and go in my life, my Great-Grandma Margaret (a.k.a. “Maw Maw”) has been one of the best examples of someone who expresses full devotion to the Lord. I have been blessed with the opportunity of witnessing her in action for many years. From the time that she was eleven-years-old, she began taking care of her family. Her devotion eventually included me and my sister Melissa after the death of our mom, Tina, in December of 1988. My dad, Wayne, was disabled and worked much of the day, so Maw Maw immediately began playing a huge role in our lives. She would walk or drive to our apartment to bring groceries, clean, or get Melissa and me ready for school. She had Melissa and me in church at early ages, and surrounded us with godly people. Maw Maw did these things, and much more, meanwhile taking care of her own apartment and husband Bill.
Vince Lombardi said, “Once you’ve learned to quit, it becomes habit.”
Maw Maw was always hard at work, never breaking the streak with vacations. She was always on fire for Jesus. Maw Maw kept it hot.
WORK IN STEALTH MODE
Maw Maw was not only a hard worker, she was also a silent worker. She did not demand rewards from people, and she did not boast about how much work she had done. Her eyes were on the prize, and it is a prize that can be received only from the Lord. If a good deed that Maw Maw had done went unappreciated by someone, she did not hold a grudge. Maybe she knew that there would come a day when it would hit them like a ton of bricks and they would appreciate what she had done for them. Regardless, she was more concerned with eternal recognition than worldly recognition.
BE CONFIDENT AND UNAFRAID
There were a couple of times that I remember my Aunt Denita say to Maw Maw, “Maw Maw, you’re gonna outlive us all!”
Maw Maw would say, “Aw, Naw! I don’t wanna live that long!”
I think she would say that because true Christians are not afraid of dying. They are not afraid of dying, because they know where they are going . . . to heaven to walk with the Lord. True Christians are confident and unafraid.
Maw Maw should be ninety-five years old at he end of this February, but she may not make it. Only God knows when her day will come. But when He does finally take her, she will leave behind a great example for all of us to follow.