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I love coffee. You can read more about my affection here, but basically, I just adore it. It’s comforting, awakening, consistent, and a year-round beverage that all can enjoy. What’s particularly nice in the summertime is iced coffee, or even a whipped, icy, frappy coffee, if that’s your thing.
Recently, I was enjoying a delicious iced coffee in the 100 degree summer heat, and was struck by how coffee is delicious when cold OR hot, but it is absolutely disgusting when it’s lukewarm. Several times, I have picked up a cup that’s at room temperature, and it’s all I can do not to spit it out.
As soon as I had this huge revelation (“lukewarm coffee is gross”…I’m deep, what can I say?!), my mind jumped to the book of Revelation when it says in chapter 3 where Jesus says, “since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Or as the New King James Version so delicately puts it, “because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.“ How’s that for a nice Monday morning verse?
The notes in my Bible, which I just adore, elaborate on this verse and say, “cold springs are refreshing; hot mineral springs are medicinal; lukewarm is nauseating.”
I am very simple person, so somehow when I could weave this verse into a coffee analogy, it suddenly gave me a deeper level of understanding. Who wants to drink lukewarm coffee? Not me! And similarly, when it comes to our faith, God’s not looking for people who are half in and half out, He wants all of us. He doesn’t want us to be tepid and wishy-washy, He wants hearts that burn and yearn only for Him. He doesn’t like lukewarm either.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
God is searching for hearts that are all in. Are you in?? Let’s crank up the heat!!