Jesus Is About To Spit You Out

Hot, cold, lukewarm—which of these describes your relationship with Jesus?

Over the past few weeks I have been pondering a couple verses in the book of Revelation. More accurately, I have experienced deep heartache over the verses. Jesus, speaking to the church in Laodicea, says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16).

That’s a pretty dire warning. Let’s break this down a little more.

If you’re cold, you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior and, therefore, you have no relationship with Him. Your life choices are dictated by you.

If you’re hot, you not only know Jesus as your personal Savior, but you also have a deep, personal, intimate relationship with Him. You desire to know Him more and more and hunger to live according to His ways instead of your own “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

If you’re lukewarm, you may have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, yet you have no true, personal, intimate relationship with Him.  Your life shows little proof that you want to know Jesus and follow Him with your whole heart. You may know the Bible and talk about Jesus, but your heart is far from Him.  “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15:8

Let me ask you again, would you consider your relationship with Jesus cold, hot, or lukewarm?

When I look around I see some hot and some cold, but I see a lot of lukewarm. I have seen it in myself, and I have seen it in believers I care about. Many confess knowing Him but continue to live life exactly the way they want, with no conviction in their hearts: “Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hearts against him” (Ephesians 4:18). Many express belief in Him, but have no desire to grow in their knowledge of Him and His ways. This isn’t where we want to be; this is lukewarm: “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of My mouth.” That is a powerful, jaw dropping, eye opening statement, or at least I hope it is. Jesus is saying it is better to not know Him at all—to be cold—than to live a lukewarm life. Wow. Jesus is so disgusted with the lukewarm life that He desires to spit it out.  Another wow. Harsh words, but I do see something beautiful within them.  Jesus doesn’t say He will spit the lukewarm person out of His mouth.  He says He is about to.  He is giving us a warning—an opportunity—to wake up and to repent.

I am so grateful Jesus gave this once-lukewarm believer that opportunity.  See, I grew up in church, but everything I did in my walk with God was out of a sense of duty and obligation. I had never experienced God in a personal way. I knew a lot of the Bible, but it was all head knowledge that hadn’t produced any true and lasting change in my life. I could talk a good talk or even pretend to walk a good walk, yet my heart was far from God. I was just going through the motions and living a very hypocritical life. I was lukewarm. Eventually, I started living a dark, chaotic, destructive life that was falling apart because of my own choices. At the age of 24, I hit rock bottom. I am sure Jesus was so disgusted with how I was living that He was about to spit me out of His mouth. But in spite of all the darkness, chaos, and destruction in my life, God pursued me instead of spitting me out. In one single moment, God touched my heart and revealed Himself to me in a personal and intimate way that left me forever changed and hungering more for Him.

Jesus wants each of us to experience His great love for us in such a personal and intimate way that it will change us and cause us to hunger and thirst for more of Him.

Jesus knew exactly where my heart was, but because of His great love and mercy, He was still willing to pursue me—despite how lukewarm I was, despite how disgusted He was with the way I was handling my life. He will do the same for you.

He wants nothing more than for you to turn and face Him, to walk hand and hand with Him, to personally experience His great love for you, to enjoy His Presence as you walk out your journey. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He promises that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Respond to His warning, His opportunity, His love and choose to repent. Turn and face Him right now. Call out to Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in a very real, personal, and special way. I promise you He will.

Do you need help in your walk with Jesus? Would you like to know Him personally, intimately, and deeply? Then I encourage you to read my book about my personal journey and walk with Jesus—Living Still~Walking in Peace in the Midst of Life. For more information visit belovegivelove.com/living-still-book

Abby Lewis is a wife of 16 years, mother, author and speaker.  Her journey is very simple—it is all about love. She wants to be so filled with God’s love that she can’t help but to be love and give love to those around her.  She is passionate about sharing her love for God and her transformation journey in hopes it will inspire and encourage you in your walk with God.  You can read more about her journey in her book Living Still~Walking in Peace in the Midst of Life, read encouraging and inspiring blog posts on her website belovegivelove.com.

 

About the Author

Abby

Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”