When the temperature outside is hot, then the most refreshing beverage would be one served with gobs of ice. It soothes the parched lips and mouth, and renews the energy level.
However, on a freezing cold day when one might have shoveled tons of
snow away, a hot beverage warms one from the tip of the toes to the top
of their head. With both drinks there is the sense that all is truly
good in the world.
John gives a serious warning when illustrating that a lukewarm drink
just makes a person want to puke (Rev. 3:16). It neither refreshes nor
soothes the spirit. It accomplishes absolutely nothing. It has no
value whatsoever to one truly thirsty and needing a drink.
In fact, John drives an important point home to this particular church
in Laodicea about their blindness regarding their true spiritual
condition. Believing themselves to be wealthy and without need, they
are actually wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (Rev. 3:17).
One might wonder, was John talking about American Christianity today?
Does the Lord see us and want to vomit us out? We are a nation in need
of great healing, and that will come when those who are called by His
name humble themselves and pray (2 Chron. 7:14). It begins with me and you, if we are willing.