Sunday, April 15th, '18
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love of many shall wax cold" (Matthew 24:12)
and Paul waxed bold..." (Acts 13:46)
This word "wax" is archaic but we still
use it occasionally when speaking of those who wax bold or wax eloquent, etc.
Today's church could use a good waxing. Barnabas and Paul "waxed bold" when
confronting unbelief in Antioch of Pisidia. But we have fulfilled the Matthew
24 prophecy and have waxed cold instead of bold. Marriage partners get the cold
shoulder, innovative ideas are doused with cold water, and zealous worshipers
are silenced with cold stares. Jesus said, "Many are called, but few are
chosen", but we've altered the script to where many are cold and a few are
frozen! A church born in the fire was never intended to finish in an ice chest.
Heat has to be maintained. A properly functioning thermostat will keep a steady
temperature, not regulate the climate with sporadic fits of hot and cold.
But how does this spiritual cooling off
occur? First, when things are allowed to sit they stagnate. The coffee cup by
this keyboard has cooled merely by neglect. The waitress toting a hot coffee
pot asks, "Would you like a warm up?" To stay hot one needs constant updates.
The fire must be stoked and fueled. "Where no wood is, there the fire goes
out..." (Proverbs 26:20) Notice the key word "there", "there the fire goes out".
It can be a pulpit, an artist's studio, prayer closet, boardroom or bedroom.
Passion dies where effort dies. The church waxes cold when it waxes
Second, cooling off occurs when there is
a mixture between hot and cold. Lukewarmness is the worst of the best and best
of the worst mixed together. When the bright kids are in class with the dunces
the one group gets smarter but the other is dumbed down. I never understood iced
coffee or a black light. Seems like they ought to be either/or
instead of trying to be both. The church is to be a fixture in the world not a
mixture with the world. We can't serve two masters so why try to dance to two
different thermostats? We happen to have two thermostats at each end of our
house. If I were to set one on A/C and the other on heat, both furnaces would
fight each other for supremacy. That's why Jesus said to make up your mind, "I
would thou wert cold or hot" (Revelation 3:15) because we can't be both.
Third, cooling off occurs when we forget
how to accurately gauge what is in fact "hot". For instance, if we were in ten
below zero weather for an hour then dove into a sixty-degree pool it would feel
quite tropical. But if it was ninety out and we jumped into that water it would
send a shiver up the spine. How do you gauge what is hot if you're not familiar
with hot? The Jacuzzi needs to simmer at about 105 degrees. 99 may feel good
when you first step in but becomes very boring after a couple minutes. Hot to
an Alaskan means something totally different than hot to someone in the Sahara.
It all depends on what you have been exposed to. I have been exposed to worship
that is feverish, preaching that is ablaze and Christians baptized with the
Holy Ghost and fire. Stepping from incubator into a refrigerator is shocking to
the nervous system. But to "wax cold" means a slow process of acclimatization
where the backslider forgets "what manner of man he was". It is a degree by degree
hypnotism. Before long sixty degrees feels fine because we've forgotten the
sizzle of the old consecration. Are you happy with halfway? Do you find
pleasure in barely enough? Then you've waxed cold instead of bold and that's
why God ordained the ministry of the evangelist, to ignite a revival.