“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” -Revelations 3:15
This is a verse that I don’t think about very often, but I should. Everyone who says that they follow Jesus should. This verse should be one of those “typical” Christian things that you see all over decor and phone cases like Jeremiah 29:11 (also a great verse). Except Revelations 3:15 doesn’t make you feel good. It’s not really inspirational as much as it is convicting. At least, for me.
This verse reminds me of something I talked about with a group of ladies in a life group awhile back before summer. We talked about neediness. When everything in life is going generally well, and you don’t feel like you’re struggling or lacking or things like that, it’s easy to get content with where we are in our relationships with God. Not that our relationships with Him shouldn’t feel good, and loving, and safe and comfortable, and so on, but it’s easy to lose that sense of needing Jesus. The truth is though that we all need Him, all the time. We need him just as much in the easy times as in the suffering. When a follower of Jesus says “I need God”, what they should be meaning is “I am intentional about needing more of Jesus”. When you lose your wallet, or lock your keys in your car, or are going through a time that is much more trying than those two things (although they suck) it’s easy to just call out right where you are and say “Jesus I need you right NOW”. When life is easy and you just got a promotion, or new job, or you have great friends and family who love and support you always, often we are not actively thinking about our NEED for God. But we should be, or we will run the risk of being spit out.
I’ve been lukewarm. At lots of different times, and also recently. And the thing about growing up in a home that follows Jesus is that usually I know that I’m being lukewarm, and I know what I should do about it. And right now I’m doing something about it. I love makeup. I know that’s kind of a weird next sentence but hang tight. I really enjoy putting on makeup in the mornings. I do it because part of the application and routine is calming and comforting to me, and it makes me happy and feel good about myself. I can rock a no makeup day (or month) as good as the next lady but I enjoy using makeup on a regular basis. I also love sleep. Most 20 something’s do these days. And I have found that when I get up in the morning I know the exact longest I can stay in bed before I have to get up to be ready and out the door on time. Which sounds fine except, I haven’t found a way to get up and get everything ready, including myself, and also have time to spend with Jesus in the morning. So this week I decided to challenge myself. Rather than taking the 20 minutes to do my makeup routine in the morning, I have been giving those minutes to Jesus. It sounds silly to say it, but it has completely altered my daily routine and week. This week has been a long but good week at work, and I feel better in the mornings knowing I spent time with Jesus, even if nothing miraculous happens. I plan to continue with this and eventually get to a place where I can get up early enough with time to do both makeup and be with God. But for now, my skin is enjoying the break and my spirit is feeling so much more whole.
We have to need God. Even if needing him to you looks like forcing yourself to pray “Jesus I need you today” in the car on the way to wherever you go in the mornings. We have to be intentional about our neediness. Even the smallest or silliest sacrifices make a world of difference when we do it out of need for him. Maybe it’s switching to making coffee at home instead of waiting in a drivethru, or going to bed ten minutes early to get up ten minutes early. Whatever it is, intentional neediness is what will keep us from being lukewarm. Now I just have to embroider that verse on a pillow.