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Revelation 3: Spiritual Indifference

9.23.2018

 

Charles Sheldon who wrote a book called In His Steps. This little book went on to sell over 30 million copies. People would be faced with life situations and would ask themselves, what would Jesus do – WWJD?

 

Today, what would Jesus undo? Jesus would completely undo spiritual indifference.

 

The church of Laodicea had inadequate water supply, which you can imagine the trouble that would cause. So they built these elaborate aqueducts to bring water in from one of two places, from Colossae or from Hierapolis.  

 

Colossae was known for its cold water. Hierapolis was known for hot springs. The problem is, by the time the water got to Laodicea, it was no longer cold, it was no longer hot, now it was dirty, it was tepid, and it was lukewarm.

 

Revelation 3:15-19

 

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

 

What causes spiritual indifference in your life and in mine?

 

  1. Self-sufficiency.

 

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 

 

  1. Distractions of this world.

 

Mark 4:19

 

19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

 

Six indicators of lukewarm indifference:

 

  1. We’re more concerned with impressing people than living for God. We’re so obsessed with what people think. We forget about what God thinks, and Timothy even said this, “In the end times, “there would be people who are lovers of themselves.” (2 Tim. 3:2) If we’re so concerned with what people think about us, we can never, ever be living completely for what God thinks about us.

 

  1. We’re obsessed with life on earth, rather than eternity in heaven. It’s all about what we can get now, things, things, things, the problem is, Scripture says, “If you love the world, the love of the Father “is not in you.”

 

  1. We rationalize sin, and we live without truly fearing God. We rationalize sin. In our culture, we rename it to make it something not as bad. We tell ourselves, I’m not that bad.

 

  1. We believe in Jesus, but we rarely share our faith.  If we really believed that people without Christ are destined for a place in eternity, a very real place called hell, and if we love people at all, and believed in this, then we would let our light shine all the time.

 

  1. We only turn to God when we need him. Rather than seeking him daily, we seek him when he benefits us.

 

  1. We’re entertained the way everybody else is entertained. Without even knowing it, without ever intending it, one day we wake up and realize we are more spiritually indifferent.

 

How do you reignite the spiritual fire? Do one thing that requires faith.

 

Maybe you’re gonna stand up for someone that others are making fun of.  Maybe you give a gift to someone that stretches you out of your comfort zone.  Maybe you apologize to someone that you hurt.

Maybe you sign up for a group, and see what God might do through your life if you’re available to minister to others and let them minister to you.

Maybe it’s to reach out to someone that God puts on your heart.

Maybe you pray for something that is absolutely impossible by man, but perhaps possible by God.

 

KEY:  When we’re living by faith, instead of being consumed with what people think about us, all of the sudden we are consumed with what God thinks about us.