1. (of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid.2. (of a person, attitude, or action) unenthusiastic.
I don't know about you, but when I read that, I can conclude that lukewarm is not a very pleasant thing. No one likes their coffee lukewarm. Starbucks sells it hot or cold. No one likes a lukewarm bath - Unless you have a fever....and then that's just a miserable experience all around. Trust me, we experienced that last week with Emmy during a nasty sickness.
But the words that really grip me in the definition above are "unenthusiastic, tepid". Yikes. Do I want those words to describe me in any aspect of my life? Absolutely not.
Jesus has a strong word for people who are lukewarm for Him. In Revelation 3:16 He says, "So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth."
I recently saw another quote that read, "The single greatest cause of Atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and deny Him by their lifestyle."
The single greatest cause. Let that soak in awhile.
With the explosion on social media of everyone's thoughts and opinions on every topic under the sun, my spirit can easily get sucked in. And not just that. Friends and family can have influence over my life too and it's not always positive. Gossip and rumors seep in to conversations, discontention arises, so on and so forth. And while I always try to rise above, I confess that sometimes I really struggle. If we're honest, all of us do. If you don't think so, you may want to ask God to examine your heart.
I write all of this to say that I've been heavily burdened by this lately and I recently had a breakthrough. In reading 2 Corinthians 6:17a, the apostle Paul writes, ""Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord." What a healing word this was to my soul. I do not have to conform to what anyone thinks I should conform to. God says I am to be separate and He will welcome me (v.17b). He calls me His daughter and He tells me that He will cleanse me from every burden I carry if I will only come to Him and talk to Him about it (2 Cor 7:1, 1 John 1:9). What a loving Father. He always knows just how to light my fire.
My soul feels refreshed. He always provides light and a way. He reminds me that it's good to be different because that's who He called me to be. I don't need to worry about acceptance because I am acceptable to Him. Maybe you needed this word too. Maybe you feel rejected or burdened because you sometimes don't know where you fit in or are welcome. And maybe it's all made you feel a little lukewarm. Good news! God always has His arms open to us, ready to welcome and receive us no matter how far we've strayed or what we've done. And it's a warm, rich embrace. Amen and amen.