O Lord Jesus, help me to keep waiting for your return with expectation and purity. The prophets and saints of old, waited for your first coming and were not disappointed, for they are comforted in your presence in heaven. Give me hope and joy, as I ponder on your second coming. Keep the faith in me ever glowing, for glory of God our Father. By your Holy Spirit counsel me that I remember your Gospel each and everyday of my life. Give me the grace to be unblemished by the cares, pleasures and allure of this world, so that I’m truly ready to receive you. I ask this in your Holy Name. Amen.
The Evil One doesn’t always go on hating Christians. He loves lukewarm Christians, in his own twisted way!
14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
One of the strongest features of Lukewarm Christians (also called Sunday Christians) is that they are pompous about their prosperity. Obviously the richness of life they revel is all about the flesh, the external and not the internal which is the spirit. Because in the spirit they are anything thing but good. They do not realize their spiritual condition which is grim and unholy. Blindness is the keyword to describe their lives. They hear the word of God but do not act on it. I’m not saying they reject it outright but rather they don’t put the teachings of the Gospel to practice.
Why would Satan love them who are Lukewarm Christians?
Because these are the ones who act in a manner that contradicts the Christian faith. They may hear of miracles by God yet will feel no joy. If someone gets healed, someone who was suffering for decades and lost a lot of money on treatment, all they can do is hear of it and feel nothing. They won’t give praise to God nor will they try to decipher if the miracle is true or not.
Adding further, Satan loves such people because they are deceived into thinking they will to heaven even if they remain in sin. It’s one thing to be forgiven of sin but its a another thing to keep going back to sin. These people say that they love Jesus Christ but the be silent when the time comes to stand witness for Christ and so end up lying about their love. They just don’t want to repent. They may love flirting, excessive drinking and money laundering and even be aware that these are wrong. But if the call for repentance comes they will keep postponing it to another day. This sets a wrong precedent for their children and colleagues who witness their behavior almost daily.
These see the poor and suffering of the world and yet do not feel pity nor pray for them. Donating to charity is a far-fetched concept to them. Even unbelievers will speak out for those suffering due to war, disease and famine. But all that the Lukewarm Christian is concerned is about doing their jobs, partying and going to sleep and waking up the next day to go back their jobs, party and go back to sleep. A self-centered life is what they live.
Since they don’t live by the teachings of the Gospel, they won’t speak about it. They will encounter people who need to hear the Gospel but they will not bother. Instead all they want is blessings but never want to bless others. No wonder Satan loves them so much, that he has a special place selected for them in the afterlife to repay them with all due interest.
What does Jesus not like about Lukewarm Christians?
This all because of their works. They are neither hot not cold. They choose be neutral to the things of God. With so many saints, martyrs and witnesses who chose to do the will of God in face of great danger and with so many recorded accounts of them, the Lukewarm Christians have no excuse at all. They can never say they don’t have role models to follow.
Does Jesus hate Lukewarm Christians?
Jesus doesn’t hate them because he actually said “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3: 19). And he said this when speaking about Lukewarm Christians. All he wants is that they understand their true condition in spirit and then hear his voice and come back to him in all genuineness. So the context is very clear.
What should a Lukewarm Christian to do get out of this mess?
Anyone who is in the trap of being a Lukewarm Christian (or Laodicean) must be zealous and repent. It’s that simple. Become zealous for Jesus Christ. Show it in your words and actions. Repent because repentance is not optional in the Gospel. It’s by many standards the starting point of your faith in Jesus.
Will a simple prayer be enough in this context?
No as salvation is not ‘say a prayer and get your ticket to heaven’ but rather it’s that you continue to believe in Jesus Christ to your last hour and your last breath. If you feel led by the Holy Spirit then one can pray about it, no doubt. However, one must always live a holy life unto God. Prayer and holy living must always go hand in hand.