In the third chapter of the book of Revelation God addresses the church of Laodicea and says that because they are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, He will vomit them out of His moth. Vomiting is a response or reaction to having been made sick. Of course, since God is spirit, lacking a physical body (John 4:24), His vomiting is metaphorical rather than literal. But it’s the principle behind the statement that really matters. The lukewarm person is apathetic in their attitude, indifferent regarding their relationships, waver in their decisions, mediocre in their performance and their spirituality is without zeal. They are dispassionate, having one foot on each side of the fence not committed to either side. They move through life much like Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh. But that is not the way God wants us to live. In fact, in Revelation 3:19 He goes on to say, “be zealous and repent.”
In the Bible fire not only represents the presence and power of God (Exodus 13:21-22), fire also represents the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4). That same Holy Spirit and His fire lives within those of us who have made Jesus both Savior and Lord. And fire is NEVER lukewarm. So then, let us repent of being lukewarm, call upon and draw power from the Spirit within so that we live our lives and navigate our relationships with passion, compassion, and zeal, all to the glory of God. Then we won’t make God sick.