Sick…But Not Beyond Help
Many of our church family struggle with serious illness. Some face difficult treatments or upcoming surgery. We constantly keep each of these and many in the community in our personal and public prayers. God is caring for each need, and will walk with the hurting through their struggles. Medical technology has made incredible advancements with life-changing medicines and medical equipment for treating and curing, those we love.
Medical technology creates new miracles every day. I read recently of an older lady who went to visit a friend in the hospital. As she stepped into the elevator, a technician followed her into it. He was wheeling a large complicated looking machine with tubes, wires and dials all over it. The lady remarked, “Boy, I sure would hate to be hooked up to that thing.” “So would I,” replied the technician. “It’s a floor cleaning machine.”
However, there are some illnesses that no modern technology can help. I’m referring to Christians who are spiritually sick, perhaps even comatose and unaware of their condition. Such lukewarm Christians, are in a worldly stupor, beyond medical help. These folks are not beyond God’s help though. The apostle John, who penned the message of Jesus to the 7 churches of Asia, said this to the brethren at Laodicea: “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:15-17). Then verse 18 encourages them to buy his medicine to heal their condition. So even though their spiritual illness is sickening to God, the Lord offers them a healing medication.
The cure Jesus offers will rekindle lukewarm souls to once again be on fire for the Lord. The cure first involves awakening from their Stupor. The Lord admonishes: “Awake, O sleeper and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you” (Eph. 5:14). They must become aware of their condition. The second part of their cure is to turn away from the worldly living which infects their souls (Rom 8:5-9).
The third aspect of spiritual recovery is quite ironic: They must die to themselves; so they may walk with God (Gal 5:24-25). Finally, the lukewarm must determine to rekindle the flame within (2nd Tim. 1:6). If you are among the spiritually sick and lukewarm, as those at Laodicea, let me encourage you to relight your fire. Become on fire for the Lord…get involved and get excited. This was my message in last Sunday’s sermon. This Sunday message is on “Ready to Live and Prepared to Die.”
Well my friend; what is the health status of your soul? Could it be you are spiritually sick, even comatose, unconscious of your condition? Those who languish in a lukewarm, worldly stupor, may be beyond medical help. But, they are not beyond God’s help. Such poor souls must seek spiritual medical attention quickly, before it is too late. See you in worship this Sunday where we will relight the fire at Groesbeck Church of Christ. www.groesbeckcoc.com