When was the last time you were excited to be in church?
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When was the last time you couldn’t stay seated because you couldn’t wait to see what Jesus was going to do next?
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16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.
In Revelation, the church at Laodicea is criticized for being lukewarm. The city sat too far from the mountains to receive cold water and too far from the hot springs to receive hot water. It was literally a city of lukewarm water. Cold water is for drinking. How water is for bathing. Lukewarm water is for…nothing. Laodicea was wealthy, and they grew content in their wealth, dependent on it. Because of this, they didn’t see their spiritual poverty, and so the church grew useless for the Kingdom. They were lukewarm literally and figuratively.
30 Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather with me scatters.
The opposite of lukewarm is being all in, or, all out. Jesus said, if you are not with me, you are against me. There is no middle ground when it comes to following Christ. You are either following him, or you are following something, or someone, else. In many ways, it’s easier to live a lukewarm life. If we’re not all in, we have less to lose. Going all in requires vulnerability and it requires faith. You can live a life without either of these, but is that the life Christ intended for us? Jesus tells us he is worth the risk:
10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.
Going all in with Christ will not disappoint you; it will bring you life. Right after Jesus says this, he points to his ultimate act of being all in...
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Jesus was so all in that he gave his life for us so that we may have life to the full, so that we might live all in.
All In – Matthew West