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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NOT Lukewarm Joy, Please!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  It’s better if it’s not lukewarm!

        There is a passage of scripture in Revelation where John is writing to the Christians at Laodicea.  In the 3rd chapter, verses 15 -16 he wrote:  

“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.”

            Let me give you an overview of what was taking place in this passage.  Laodicea was a wealthy city.  The district around it produced famous black wool. It was a center for the production and distribution of a famed eye powder proclaimed as a cure for eye diseases.

            The church at Laodicea shared in the prosperity of the community.  The people seemed to be self-satisfied and comfortable….everybody!  The Christians fit in with the rest of the population.  They were not distinguishable as being any different.

            As we study this passage, we must ask ourselves the question….are we so different today?  Do we “stand out” in the crowd as being someone who “stands up” for Jesus and our faith?  (When Christians fail to stand for something, they end up standing for nothing.)  John was teaching that a lukewarm church filled with lukewarm Christians, is nauseating to the Lord.

            Let’s determine to be different!  To be joyfully “on fire” for the Lord by reading and obeying His word, by having such a deep relationship with Him that we are constantly aware of His leading in every area of our lives.  

            Stand up for Christ and share the joy of Jesus daily!


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