David Bast

READ : Revelation 3:14-22

Because you are lukewarm . . . I will spit you out of my mouth. (v. 16, esv)

Laodicea was a prosperous and proud city, and her church reflected its community in every respect. In total contrast to Philadelphia, the wealthy Laodiceans were the “church of the closed door”—and Christ was on the outside (v. 20)!

The problem with the Laodiceans, as we all know, had to do with their temperature. Christ compares these Christians to the nauseating lukewarm water from the famous mineral springs near their city. Most often we connect this image to our spiritual temperature. When you’re lukewarm, you’re just sort of spiritually indifferent. Lukewarm water, we should also remember, is useless. Both hot and cold are good for something, but tepid water is like savorless salt—good for nothing but to be cast out.

But there is hope. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (v. 20). Even Christ’s sternest and most shocking rebukes come because he cares so deeply about us (v. 19).

What the Lord most wants is simply you, even if you’ve been lukewarm for oh so many years. But you must listen and respond. You can’t simply sit back and do nothing, or figure that he must be talking about someone else. What matters most is whether Christ is living inside you or outside. So which side of your heart’s door is he on?


Lord, give us ears to hear what you are saying.