December 10, 2007 Ration

Revelation 3:15-16

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."

The Lord takes no pleasure in the stale, “lukewarmness” of the church in Laodicea. Their “lukewarm” works are the result of a complacent heart, one that settles into itself, when it should be daily drawing afresh from the flowing springs of Life. But they have built basins to relax in and filled them with the world’s sleepy water, which have steadily turned into stagnant pools, slowly succumbing its bather. They are fools. They think they are rich as they swim in their sugars, when in fact they are “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Their works evidence the state of their heart. Jesus says, “You are neither cold nor hot. This I know because I see your works.”

He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the church in Laodicea. Artist, do you know your works as the Lord knows your works? Ask Him, “Am I a lukewarm, stagnant pool who thinks that I am rich in fruitful works, but am really wretched, blind, and poor?” Christ stands at your door and knocks. Invite Him in, the Living Water, and find out. Let Him wash you clean of complacency’s scum. He will quench your thirst with Himself, and will free you from your bondage to the bottle of the praises of men. Your palate will then be able to discern the difference between the useless water of the musty puddle “Pride” from that of the cold stream “Discipline” and the boiling geyser “Reproof,” which both flow from the love of the Lord.

When out in the woods, you should never drink water from a stagnant pool. And why is that? Where the water is stagnant, not flowing, the conditions are right for the breeding of bacteria and parasites. The water may look clean, but be warned. Your stomach and bowels will not be fooled as they spew it back out to teach you your error. Cold, flowing, meltwater streams, however, are quite useful for quenching your thirst. And boiled water is always a sure drink. These waters truly nourish the drinker.

So artist, what kind of water are you? Are you a stagnant, “room-temp” pool, full of yourself only, full of invisible wasting bacteria, contaminated with parasites of self-praise, useless for anything other than being an incubator of other ailments? If so, be boiled in the fire of the Lord and you will be truly rich. Flow with the glacial melt that benumbs and drowns all pitiable self-indulgences. Be either hot or cold as the Lord has portioned you useful for the body. Be a water that nourishes rather than a water that nauseates.

Be zealous for your soul, artist, and where you must, repent, so that you may enjoy the pleasures of sitting with Christ on His throne, just as He conquered and sat with His Father on His throne. Do not find yourself being spit out of His mouth. Ask Christ if your works prove to be a salve that heals, or a cosmetic that covers? Your works will evidence from where you are drawing your water.

Jason Harms


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