Water has healing properties. A refreshing drink of cold water parches our thirst and hydrates our body. A dip in a natural hot spring can ease our aches and relax our anxious mind. Laodicea was located between 2 towns: One town known for its healing hot springs and the other town known for it’s refreshing, fresh cold water. Using ancient aqueducts (a huge feat for any town but especially a town in 79 AD), they routed water to their town from the surrounding towns. Once the water reached Laodicea, it was lukewarm. Not refreshingly cold or hot and healing. Lukewarm. Most us have heard sermons, based on Revelation 3:14-22, warning us not to be lukewarm. This passage is a letter to the church in Laodicea in which God says “I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
All my life I understood that to mean, you are for God or against Him. Serve him or don’t. Stop sitting in the middle. Yesterday, my pastor, Albert Tate, explained that to be a false belief. God wants to have relationship with you. He isn’t saying join or leave. However, God is clear, there is only one path to Him through His Son, Jesus. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ John 14:6 NIV Reading the passage in Revelation 3 in the context of Laodicea, we understand God is saying I want you to be hot – a healing hot spring or cold – a refreshment to others. Lukewarm doesn’t heal or refresh. It’s nothing. It’s blah.
With this new understanding, I am encouraged to examine my life. Am I a healer or a refresher to others, or both? What are you? I think I am more of a refresher with moments of being a healer. I try to encourage my friends regularly. God often prompts me to pray for someone or call them. When I do, I find out they were in a time of need. My prayers and calls encouraged them. Be to others like a refreshing drink of ice cold water on a hot day.
I sat in a natural hot spring once in my life. It took me forever to get in. It was HOT! The water wasn’t just hot but had minerals in it as well. Those minerals made my skin so soft. I felt relaxed and renewed afterwards. According to the research, healing also occurred in that natural hot spring. When we help others relax, refocus on God, release their built up feelings, we bring healing. As a hot spring releases your tight muscles, you too can help release others to find healing.
So which are you: a hot spring of healing or a refreshing cool drink of water? Or maybe these days you have been a bit lukewarm. Not able to be either for anyone else. Invite someone into your reality and find healing and refreshment from them as they point you to God. Once you are restored, pass that on to another. We have seasons where we need to receive and seasons of giving. Resolve your lukewarm season. Be hot or cold. Be a healer or refresher. Don’t sit in lukewarm.
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