Lectionary 2 May 19

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Unlike yesterday’s text, I have head many sermons on this one. The sin of being Lukewarm. Perhaps, as many no longer have faith, those who are Lukewarm are saying that they are spiritual, that the church does not meet their needs, or that they are too busy for God.

God should be the first thing in our life, not the last thing added to our task list, for this is true. This church did not tolerate diversity of theology or evil, as others did. They had instead become smug. That sense of self sufficiency, and self righteousness, is deadly.

14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

Revelation 3:14-22, ESV

Most people who have been around church know “Behold I stand at the door and knock”. Well and good. But they miss God’s correction to a lukewarm state. It is suffering. As a father gets his children to do chores and tasks to standard, so they learn how to be self disciplined, slef reliant and to maintain what they have, so God want sus to not be as we are but like Christ. To change it will hurt. Your sense of self worth will have to go, and your self esteem will vanish. Until, like Paul, you would preach nothing but Christ crucified.

For we are called to be like him.