For most of my life when someone asked if I wanted tea my mental image was a tall, iced filled glass of sweet tea with condensation drops running down the outside of the glass. I could, nearly literally, drink it by the gallon. Nothing satisfied my thirst like it. I loved it at any time in the Alabama heat. In fact, I was just out walking last night and it have become a little warm (for us) and I came home and enjoyed a glass of sweet iced tea last night.
Of course now if someone asks me if I would like tea I think of lovely scalding hot cup of Lyon’s tea with that dark orangey colour. Nothing satisfies like a nice hot cuppa – but it has to be hot.
There have been a few times where I have become distracted and forgotten about my cup of tea. I may notice it after a while and reached out to take a big gulp only to get a mouthful of tepid, lukewarm tea.
YUCK – I am always tempted to simple spew it out, but usually can’t to I have to grab the cup and spit it back in the cup. It is nothing but GROSS! It is sickening.
And that is a human picture of how Jesus feels about the lukewarm church. Of course it would be better if we are on fire for God, but at least when we are spiritually cold it is clear that we need revival.
But when we are lukewarm we are just blech.
Lukewarmness makes God sick – ‘I will spew you out of my mouth.’ The lukewarm church thinks it is fine. It takes on all the forms of being rich. It thinks it is doing fine because it has loads of money. ‘We are doing fine,’ they say, ‘just have a look around!’
But Jesus says ‘you don’t even know how poor you are spiritually. You are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.’
Jesus tells the lukewarm church that they need to seek heavenly riches and to and to be clothed in his righteousness and heal their eyes so that they can see what it really important.