Saturday, October 21, 2023

The Church and the World

Broadcast 3826
 

Revelation 3:14-15 (ESV) "To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write the following: 'This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God's creation: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot!

In Laodicea, there was a stream whose source was not far from the city. This stream originated from a hot water spring, which gave the water a distinctive salty taste. It was best consumed either hot or cold.

However, by the time the spring water reached Laodicea, it had cooled, becoming lukewarm. Drinking it lukewarm was unpleasant and could even induce vomiting.

Regrettably, the church in Laodicea had taken on the characteristics of this water, having become lukewarm.

Christians become lukewarm when they fellowship with the world and begin to gradually conform to the world. The atmosphere of the world is contrary to our faith. This means we must be careful not to conform to the world when we interact with the world.

Many Christians have become worldly because their perspectives are shaped more by worldly things than by the Word of God. This happens when Christians continue to associate closely with the world. When a Christian becomes worldly, they lose their spiritual fervor and become lukewarm.

Lukewarm Christians can hinder the advancement of the kingdom of Christ, offering a poor representation of Him on Earth.

Today, let's seek the Lord's help in maintaining our fervor and relevance in His kingdom. Beware of conforming to the culture and patterns of this world. Let the words of Christ be the manual that dictates your culture and traditions.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please empower me to remain fervent for You and guard against becoming lukewarm. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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