Oct 27, 2010
I was thinking about Revelation 3:15, 16 and a few thoughts came to mind, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth".
The condition of many of those who claim to be the children of God is exactly represented by the message to the Laodicean church. There is opened before those who serve God, truths of inestimable value, which, brought into the practical life, show the difference between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. The Bible is the storehouse of the unsearchable riches of God. But those who have a knowledge of the truth do not understand it as fully as they might. They do not bring the love of Christ into the heart and life.
Then I began thinking why, if we have this book of inestimable value why don't we understand it and have joy? I think it is because we are neglecting God for self. Choosing pleasure of the world over the privilege of meeting with Christ in the social meetings.Yet, the youth want to be saved... Their actions speak louder than words and what an influence they make upon others who they could have reached. They would have such an experience if they spent time reading the gift of the Bible. A relationship would be formed that they'd never want to give up. What the youth forget is that heaven will not be filled with those who like Jesus but those who LOVE and gave up so much on this earth for him.
I know the young may have a knowledge of the truth and believe it, but not live it. To those possess a dead faith. Their hearts are not reached so as to affect their conduct and character in the sight of God, and they are no nearer doing His will than are the unbelievers. Their hearts do not conform to the will of God; they are at war with him. Those who are devoted to amusements and who love the society of pleasure seekers, have a diversion to religious exercises. Will the Master say to these youth who profess His name, Well done, good and faithful servants, unless they are good and faithful? The youth are in great danger. As the above quotes says, "I will spew you out."
Can the youth afford to choose pleasure and miss their blessing? What will it take for them to make it?
Then I was thinking again and I thought OH WOW! Halfhearted Christians are worse than infidels. Their deceptive words and noncommittal position lead many astray. The infidel shows his colors, but the lukewarm Christian deceives both parties. He is neither a good worldling nor a good Christian. Satan uses him to do a work that no one else can do!
The desire to follow God must be from the heart. No matter how much I or others pray for the youth, it'll never be enough for someone to make it to heaven. There is a great work all of must do. Stripping the pride, the selfishness, the hate.. This love of self we have, excludes the love of Christ. Those who live for self are ranged under the head of the Laodicean church who are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. The zeal of Christ's love has lapsed into a selfish egotism. The love of Christ in the heart is expressed in the actions. If love for Christ is dull, the love for those for whom Christ has died will degenerate. There may be a wonderful APPEARANCE for zeal and ceremonies, but this is the substance of their self-inflated religion. Christ represents them as nauseating to His taste.
Let us thank the Lord that while this class is so numerous, there is still time for repentance.