Coffee is one of my favorite drinks, especially in the mornings or at a brunch. I am not much of a fan of iced coffee. I like my coffee either really hot or frozen like McDonald’s mocha frappe. I usually drink two cups in the mornings. On the days where I am really tired or groggy, it may take three.
Have you ever been reading or writing or maybe even watching TV and you set your cup of coffee down? It might have just been a few minutes or you may have gotten so distracted by what you were reading that you forgot all about your coffee. It’s not hard to do.
The coffee drops in temperature while it sits. When you pick it up, you are expecting that next sip to be like the last one. You are ready for that steaming, hot deliciousness. Then it happens. You lift the cup to your mouth and you sip…room temperature coffee.
At this point, your brain tells you that this is the most horrible thing you have ever tasted and you want to spit it out. (Not a good idea unless you were planning on cleaning your kitchen or living room anyway.)
Room temperature coffee is not hot. It is not cold. It is nasty. Room temperature coffee reminds me of Revelation 3 where Jesus is talking to the church of Laodicea. The church had lost its focus. They were so wrapped up in doing things themselves that they figured they could maintain doing church by themselves. They were not hot. They were not on fire. They were not exploding. They were not burning with passion for Christ. They were not cold. They were not freezing. They were not dead. They were not shutting down the church and calling it quits.
They were lukewarm. They were room temperature. They were maintaining. They were happy with the way things were and did not want to change. In fact, they were so detestable, that Jesus says that because they are neither hot nor cold, he will spit them out of his mouth (Revelation 3:16).
I pray that we will burn with a fire, a passion for Christ that will be blazing hot and we will be confident and bold in Christ and his Great Commission. Let us not back down and not be afraid to risk it all for the sake of the Gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). Let us blaze a trail of fire that others can follow straight to the Cross.