A lethargy embodies the many followers of religion, an aura that takes a life of its own and vibrates unceasingly around them. Into the bones of the congregation, a smoke of inertia has seethed and led them down a path of patronising cowardice towards God. They insult the grace of God to fuel their firm resistance against fighting for His kingdom. Their half-hearted, lukewarm attitude holds a delusional belief that it is okay to make excuses and expect God to welcome them with open arms. This belief is sad and vexing because they will end up in the fire, all for the lack of courage to believe and trust in God and his promises.
We all know the type of so-called believer; the one that makes excuses every time they are faced with the question of choosing God or facing difficulty within the world. One day in prayer and fasting, the other violating the Sabbath or fornicating because the opportunity arises.
Certainly, this person is described in the passage; but despite the picture painting their image clearly, they will deny the fact and return to their comfortable lives. Only the things of God are worth anything, and discarding the cares of this world, is the best thing anyone can do.
Reverencing God will inevitably instil that understanding that his words are unfailing no matter how soft they are. When he spits you out of his mouth, it is not something to be taken lightly. As he has promised, he sends many prophets before judgement (Amos 3:7).
The punishment that is exacted sends chills down my spine, yet the fear only lasts a fleeting moment in the lukewarm believer because they lack the wisdom imparted by the Highest. Embracing the law, which is the instructions of God, signals that you desire to be in a relationship. Consequently, wisdom is imparted to you from the Highest and thus opens your understanding to the truth (Proverbs 2:6-8, Wisdom of Solomon 6:11-20, James 3:13-18).
What does it matter if you gain the whole world and lose your soul? (Matthew 16:26)
Better to choose a side in this world and enjoy the benefits of that side in its season.
If you are lukewarm, taking some days in prayer while others in sin, you waste the days where you can enjoy this world. The lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16) will be indulged in half measures, but at the same time, you will receive nothing in the kingdom of God.
Those who serve God know they will give up enjoying this world and be persecuted when they stand and be counted for Christ. Since it is essential to serve God with all your heart, without half-measures, the righteous will lose their lives as a sacrifice to God (John 12:25, 2 Peter 1:1, 1 Corinthians 7:22), this being their test of whose kingdom they serve.