Hot or Cold

You may be familiar with the story, ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Alice is a proper young girl who traveled down a rabbit hole where she entered into a strange and unknown land. When in Wonderland, Alice spoke with a Cheshire cat.

Alice asked the cat, ‘”Would you tell me, please which way I ought to go from here?” He responded, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice said, “I don’t know where. . .”, and the cat replied, “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

coldWhen I read the words of the cat I remembered God’s statement to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:16. He said, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth!”

God wanted those in Laodicea to make an honest decision concerning their faith in Him. He recognized as hot, those people whose commitment to Jesus was fervent, fiery and consuming, and He recognized as cold, those who willingly professed their unbelief.  But the Lord’s strongest admonition was to the lukewarm; these individuals were self-deluded, unburdened and ambiguous about their faith. He could not stomach their spiritual complacency.

To make His point God used the analogy of water, which was relatable to the Laodicean people.  Just 6 miles north was the city of Hierapolis. Hierapolis was known for its hot springs with their significant medicinal qualities, and the nearby city of Colossae was known for its cold pure waters. But Laodicea’s water supply was mineral-laden and lukewarm.  It was putrid, useful only as a means to induce vomiting.

Being the embodiment of life, breath, movement, and growth, the Lord admonished the Laodicean church to move out of their spiritually mediocre and lukewarm existence. He knew that a commitment to be hot or cold would present them with developmental opportunities.

Am I actually saying that choosing to be spiritually cold is better than remaining lukewarm?  No, I am not saying that – God is saying that! However, He is not advocating that a life devoid of faith is the best option. God would prefer that we were all decidedly on fire for Him, and all desirous to go to heaven.  But if that is not the case, at least choosing to be cold defines our position. God can work with that.

Alice, not knowing where she was going, asked the Cheshire cat for direction. In the frame of this entry I believe that the cat’s response to Alice was quite appropriate as He did not make her decision for her. Alice’s journey, like ours, had to be defined by her own choices.

How do we know which way to go? … Like the cat said, “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

1 Kings 18:21 NIV Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

James 1:6 NIV But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 11/3/2009 12:29 AM

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