Lukewarm? Yeech!

          The breakfast buffet in a fine hotel offered many scrumptious items to delight the palette. I decided to visit the omelet bar, and while the chef prepared my spinach-mushroom-tomato-onion-cheese masterpiece, I surveyed the rest of the counter. Since it was a cold, snowy morning outside, the hot oatmeal called my name. I filled a bowl with the steaming delight, added butter and brown sugar, retrieved my omelet, and headed for my table where the fresh orange juice was already awaiting my arrival. Ahhh, what a pleasure to take those first, hot spoonfuls of that creamy, sweet oatmeal! Even so, after several times back and forth between bites of omelet and bites of oatmeal, that oatmeal began to cool. The last few spoonfuls were no where near as satisfying as the first few because it had become lukewarm.

         Nothing is good when it’s lukewarm. We’d prefer our food or drink to be either hot or cold. We feel about our food as God feels about our spiritual walk. Although specifically speaking to the church atLaodicea, God’s words ring true for us as well. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’– and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see” Revelation 3:15-18 (NKJ).

         God shows us here that we become lukewarm when we think we have it all together. Let a few things go right for us – there’s money in the bank, the job’s secure, we own a fine car, the kids are healthy – and we forget just how dependent upon God we really are. We start to take the credit for our good fortune and leave God out of the mix. Suddenly, we have no time to go to church, Sunday school, or Bible study, and we certainly don’t want to tithe. We rationalize that we have to get our rest so we can do our best on the job, and we have to hold onto our money so we can keep up with our bills and current lifestyle.

          God hates those actions and that attitude. He counsels us to buy gold from Him. His gold is righteous living (white garments) and spiritual understanding (anointed eyes): that’s what makes us truly rich.

          So we have a choice. We can either be cold by walking away from God and turning to total dependence upon ourselves (after all, that’s how we may be living anyway), or we can be hot and live our lives completely as God would have us live them. The cold have sealed their own doom, and to the lukewarm, He says, “Yeech!” Hot is all He accepts.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 19, 2011.

One Response to “Lukewarm? Yeech!”

  1. i like it

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