Summary: Part one of this series focuses on lukewarm Christians and how the farther we get from our source (God) the less likely we are to fulfill our real purpose on the earth.
The title of my message this morning is “Our Source.” I want you to imagine, if you will, that you are a vessel that needs to be close to your power source in order for you to remain strong. If you have ever seen any of the recent Superman movies you know that Superman receives his strength from the earth’s sun. So whenever he is in a weakened state, his strength returns when he is exposed to the sun. If you recall Samson from the Old Testament you will remember that through the anointing of God he received his strength from his hair. He did mighty works through the Spirit of God as long as his hair was uncut. His final victory against the Philistines, after they cut his hair, came after his hair grew back. Now imagine that you are Samson, or even Superman, and you have a power source that enable you to do what you do. How far would you stray from that power source if you understood that the farther you were from your power source the weaker you became?
On the table before you I have placed a cup of cold water and a cup of hot water. The cold water came from the water machine downstairs and the hot water was heated to the boiling point in the microwave, also located downstairs. Both were placed on the table a few minutes ago so I could illustrate the point of this message which is – we need to stay close to our power source if we are to fulfill the intentions for which we exist. Turn with me to Revelations chapter three.
I. The Church of Laodicea
Let’s begin reading at verse fourteen what Jesus told John to write to the Church at Laodicea. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘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 will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelations 3:14-22)
The church of Laodicea was the only church that was not commended for something, the only one! Imagine this Church of financial influence and not having need of anything not being commended for anything? They were a prosperous Church and in their mind they were in need of nothing. However, Jesus was not happy with them. In fact, He was so displeased with them that He said that He would spit them out of His mouth because they were neither hot or cold (fully committed to their purpose in Him). What was their problem? They were lukewarm! This specific message that Jesus spoke to this Church would have easily been understood by this Church because of where this Church was located. Please understand that the traditional view of this text has held that hot was good and cold was bad, however, this was not the correct interpretation. Let me explain.