So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth - Revelation 3:16
Whenever we go on vacation, my boys always insist on us staying somewhere that has a swimming pool. If we are successful in finding a hotel that has a swimming pool, a familiar routine always takes place. We change into our swimming trunks and head to the pool and the boys run and immediately jump in. As for myself, I take my time and cautiously head toward the pool. The first thing that I will do is place my hand in the pool. My next step is to dip my toe in the pool (only after I've sat by it for a few minutes gathering up my courage) to more accurately gauge the temperature. If the toe touch satisfies me, I will enter from the shallow end of the pool. Much to the chagrin of my 2 boys, I may stay there for another few minutes before venturing further into the deep end. All the while my boys are yelling that if I had jumped in like them, I would have been used to the water's temperature by know and having fun. I must admit, that they are right.
Men, how often have we been faced with situations where we should have gone all in but decided to dip our toe instead to test things out? I have been guilty of this on more than one occasions. I may have been presented with an opportunity that God has provided to me and instead of embracing the opportunity and giving it my all, I just "dipped" my toe in. When you do that, you oftentimes miss out on life changing situations. The opportunities don't always have to be related to the ones in the business arena. They can be relational. How many men just "do" marriage? They will wander in the shallow end, test things out and then decide to go all in and commit to the relationship the way that God intended. Speaking of God, how would we describe our commitment level to him? Are we sitting by the side of the pool testing the waters debating whether or not to go deeper in a relationship with him? Or do we just dive in with the faith that my kids exhibit when they jump in the swimming pool secure in the knowledge that they will get use to the temperature of the water and experience the enjoyment of being in the pool?
The scripture reference talks about the church at Laodicea and its behavior. It was neither hot or cold and its unwillingness to establish a position one way or another bothered Christ and He compared their actions to drinking tepid water, which can produce sickness to the stomach and could possibly cause one to vomit. This type of behavior disturbed Christ so much that He stated that He would rather for you to be one way or another: "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!" (Revelation 3:15)
Men, what position are we in when it comes to the important things in our life like our relationship with Christ, family and friends? Are we hot or cold? Do we go all in when we worship Christ? Are we lukewarm in our commitment to set aside time for prayer? Are we on fire in our marriages and interaction with our children? Or, are we just lukewarm, drifting along and going with the flow? Men, we have to decide from this day forward, are we in or out in whatever endeavor we embark upon. This is an important question that we must answer because our souls are dependent on it.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.