(16) So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
“I will spue thee out of my mouth”. What a horrible thing to hear our Lord say! Stop and think about the different implications to that statement:
First of all, the idea of spueing (spitting) out of the mouth implies a dislike for something. It is saying, “I do not like this”.
But it also implies separation. When we spit something out of our mouth we are separating ourselves from it. It is saying “I need to get this out of my system ASAP”.
But finally, and most importantly, it implies disgust. Many times, when we spit, it is done out of anger and repusion. It is saying “I loathe this. I want nothing to do with it.”
It is the Lord saying, although you are one of my own, you are displeasing, and irritating me to the point of disgust. Although you are still loved and a part of my family, there is now a breach in our relationship and you are to blame.
What could possible cause the Lord to react in this way? In the context, the Lord is speaking to a local assembly about their lukewarm attitude. However, this same type of attitude can enter the hearts and lives of individual Christians as well.
What does a lukewarm attitude comprise? It is a “no care” attitude about sin. It is saying, “I don’t care if sin is in my life and I will not make the effort to examine myself and deal with any sin I may find.” The Lord put it this way “thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Rev 3:17)
It is a child of God saying, “I do not care what my heavenly Father desires for my life”, “I do not care if I am pleasing Him”, “I do not care if I am hurting Him and openly defying Him with my actions”. “I just do not care!”
Do we care about sin in our lives? If so, we will be diligently examining our lives to see if any sin dwells within us. And once the examination is finished, we will confess any sin that is found, turn from it, and seek to live a Godly lifestyle for Christ.
Anything short of consistently dealing with sin in our lives is simply saying “I do not care.”
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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