Obadiah; Revelation 3

Revelation 3: 15-17 “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot – I wish you were either cold or hot.  So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.  For you say “I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything, and yet you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”  To me this message to the church of Laodicea is perhaps the most stinging slap in the face to be had from the New Testament, if not the entire Bible.  Jesus is saying He’d rather one be an atheist than a half-hearted believer.  Minimalists – those who consciously or unconsciously ask themselves “What is the least I need to do?” – are in grave spiritual danger.  An example of this in the Catholic Church is the Mass attendee who goes by a rule of “arrive as late as possible and leave as early as possible for my attendance to ‘count’”.  It easy to see many there that by their comportment only their bodies are in attendance, that they are there to get a check on their scorecard.  I feel sad for them as they are unaware of the great supernatural events that occur at Mass, that Heaven comes down to meet earth in the great Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and at the moment of the Elevation the entire Heavenly court is present and triumphantly rejoicing, that the most amazing moment in the universe is occurring before those present.  Lord, set my heart on fire for love of You.  Do what you will with this crumbling body, but make it and the soul that animates it do nothing but shout grateful praise of You.

GOD’S ANSWER: My Son’s graphic description of His distaste for the lukewarm is intended as a wake-up call.  He is a jealous lover.  He wants all of you, and wants to give all of Himself in return.  This is why you were created, why a universe was born.  We want lovers, not servants.

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