Revelation 3:15-16 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 spue thee out of my mouth.
I have heard teachings on these verses which I believe are flawed in the area of warning. Some preach hot and cold is related to evangelism and that might well be true. If the message is evangelism, then yes it should apply. Another aspect might well be in caring for the needy, neglected, and indigent populations.
What I disagree with is the issue of loss of salvation that often is used as a threat if you do not repent and change your ways. He says, “I will spue thee out of my mouth.” I take that to mean, that God will no longer use you as His voice in this world. That should be a warning in and of itself, but is not a treat of loss of salvation.
John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
We are held by hand not mouth. Don’t allow anyone to threaten you with loss of salvation because you are not doing what they want you to do. We serve God, not man. The essence of serving God is a love response.
1 Timothy 1:5 (ESV) The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
A good conscience doesn’t need to be guilted into anything.
Luke 10:40-42 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha types are encumbered with service. As I left off yesterday, I said to wait on the Lord. Here today we see Mary waiting on the Lord. She is doing nothing but sitting at Jesus feet and hanging on His every word. Is that doing nothing? It looked that way to Martha and to all Martha types.
In reference to yesterday’s waiting on the Lord, let us hang on every word. Is His word in your heart? Has scripture been placed in the forefront of your mind? Can you meditate on His word with a bible in front of you? Can you keep your mind stayed on Him?
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
During these periods of service, peace of mind is required, His peace on our troubled minds. If you don’t think that is enough to keep you strong during these times, then you haven’t tried being stayed on the Lord. I am not saying it is easy, just necessary. Peter, James and John fell asleep while Jesus was in the garden. If the sons of thunder and the little rock fell asleep, then I suspect any of us might do the same.
Mark 14:38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.