Lukewarm-ness, mediocrity- what a shame!
What a pain to settle for just anything when we are so wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139), when, if we let God help us, we can do so much better! I am not speaking of perfection for that is God’s terrain. I write about claiming the divine renewing power available to all into our thoughts, words, and actions, into our whole life.
As it was, the church at Laodicea was simply content with mediocrity. And the message to the angel of the church was this: you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
I that we would resolve to do better next time and to not settle for standards that are way below what God intends for us, that makes God and others feel disgusted by our demonstrations of ineptitude. That is laziness. Laziness is sin. We need to repent of all comfort with what is substandard. Yes, we are to encourage others who are trying and help them in the quest to do better. We are not to “throw cold water” on the efforts of those who are trying; but helping the weak is not about settling for less than. It is quite the opposite. In fact, it is helping them to step up with their game, to growing closer to who they can become and what they can accomplish.
When we do less than that, helping ourselves and others who need us on the journey through good to better and then best, we need to re-set, to change our ways, in other words, to repent.
Hear this: Be earnest, therefore, and repent. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.
The intention to do better through grace is always met with a loving response by the One who comes and offers fellowship- a supper of sorts- communion; conversation; inflow of ideas; outflow of reservations, fears and insecurities; increase in capacity; new energies to get better done.
May we not, like Laodicea, settle for less than what God will enable us to do and to be. Let us set our goal on things above, higher than we dreamt before. Now is the time to go for it, God being our Helper.
Remember the old poetic advice:
Good, better best
Never let it rest,
Till our good is better
And our better best.