4 Ways to Avoid Becoming Lukewarm – Revelation 3

Starbucks sells hot coffee and iced coffee, but lukewarm coffee is not on the menu.

The reason for this is because no one likes lukewarm drinks! Being lukewarm spiritually is one of the worst places to be because you are not getting the spiritual benefits of passionately following Jesus and you are not enjoying the sinful things of the world either!

1. Take your spiritual temperature.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Rev 3:15-16

God knows if you are really lukewarm. You may be doing the right things, but if you are not doing them out of a love for God you might be moving toward becoming lukewarm.

2. Beware of the comfort of riches.

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.” Rev 3:17-18

Riches can be deceiving. When you have all your needs taken care of it is easy to be lazy. Many people who are well off start trusting their money instead of trusting God. God would rather have us be poor and dependent on Him than rich and lukewarm.

3. Realize that indifference is a sin.

“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Rev 3:19

Did you know that indifference is a sin? Next time you are bored in your relationship with God, ask Jesus to forgive you. There are so many exciting things about following Jesus, it is not his fault that you are bored. Confess your indifference to God and start pursuing Him wholeheartedly.

4. Open your heart to Jesus and fellowship with him.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Rev 3:20

This verse is often used when sharing the gospel with nonbelievers, but it was actually written to lukewarm believers. The greatest way to shake your lukewarmness is to spend quality time with Jesus. He is waiting to spend time with you; will you open the door?

If you have never started a relationship with God, then the invitation is still open.  He wants a friendship with you and all you need to do is repent of your sin and open the door of your heart and choose to follow him with your life.

Why do you think people are so prone to lukewarm living?

Share on Facebook or Twitter or post a comment. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in Revelation 3 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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