“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’” (Revelation 3:14, 15-16).
A few miles northwest of Laodicea was the mountain city of Hierapolis, known for its natural hot springs. About the same distance southward was Colossae and an enviable cold water spring. Because Laodicea had neither, it was dependent upon the transfer of water via aqueduct from these two neighboring towns. By the time the water reached Laodicea, however, it had lost its uniqueness; the hot water had cooled and the cold water had warmed. This isn’t a verse about varying levels of commitment; it is about being a distinctive people. Be remarkable!