“So because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold, I am going to spew you out of my mouth.”
Revelation 3: 16
I have heard that verse explained a little bit different than we have heard. There is a time to be cold and a time to be hot.
Sure, when someone is thirsty and parched they need cool water. Jesus said a cup of cold water in His name is a testament to him. Think about the desert lifestyle the New Testament people in which they were living. Finding precious water was a challenge enough, getting it cold well, that’s down right special right there. If it’s hard to find and you share it with someone in need, that speaks to the thirsty one. You went to the trouble of giving them something that took a lot more work.
Hot water has its purpose too. If someone needs a hot meal or is seriously injured, hot water is healing and cleansing at the same time. Again, you had to take the time to prepare that hot water. In that desert region if you knew where to look you might find hot mineral springs to draw from. It probably was a hike to get find however, it would do the person a world of good.
These two are extremes for a good reason. They have a specific purpose. It’s kind of like letting your yes be yes and your no be no. There isn’t a compromising, an uncertainty mixed together. Hot and cold are not a good pairing. When we are uncertain about what we are to do or don’t do we confuse the person we are giving water to. Or if we know the way we are to do it and mix up the two conditions …you get that lukewarm taste.
Blah! It’s like eating your cold ice cream after its melted. It’s a runny mess. Wait an hour and your once delicious In & Out French fries lose their steam and becoming tasteless rubbery strips. So, there is a time to be cold and a time to be hot. It’s just when we mix them up that we get that unpleasant taste of what God has for us.
Lord, I pray that you help me to be sensitive to the condition of the people around me today. Show me when to be cold and refreshing and when to be hot and healing. Thank you. I feel the same way about “blah” as you do.