You Make Me Want To Vomit – Crazy Things Jesus Said – Rev. 3:16
‘You Make Me Want To Vomit’
Isn’t Jesus Supposed to be a Nice Guy?
It seems to me that Jesus is frequently misrepresented. According to some people, He’s a guy that would hold picket signs and waste His time telling people how much He hates them. To other people, He’s some hyper-emotional and overly sensitive sissy that just wants to hug everybody.
These misrepresentations are everywhere. Some of them are so extremely contradictory to scripture that it makes me wonder if any of them have ever read the Bible for themselves.
Considering all of this false advertising, you might be tempted to think that there’s no way Jesus would ever use the phrase, ‘You make me want to vomit.’ But He really did. Here’s the entire passage in Revelation 3:15-17 out of the Message Bible.
I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless. – Revelation 3:15-17 msg
Must have been some awful people
Wrong! Guess who He is talking to in this passage. It isn’t some tribe of cannibalistic devil worshipers, and it isn’t the abortion clinics. The stunning reality is that He was talking to a middle of the road type church!
A Church! Jesus used one of His harshest statements to tell a church how He felt about them!
Your next assumption might be to think that this Church had gone way off of some deep end. Maybe they were hard-core pentecostals, or possibly they were an ultra liberal anything goes kind of church. Wrong again.
So What Was Their Problem?
What was it about this particular group of believers that made Jesus want to do the Technicolor yawn? We can infer several things from the passage, but Jesus really sums it up in one line.
“Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,” vs 17 NASB
Their great fault was arriving at a point in life where they didn’t think they needed God any more.
Could I Be In This Place?
We place ourselves in a spiritual danger zone when we settle into a comfortable place of self-reliance.
Let’s be real. If you live in America, the odds are that you’re not in dire need of most of life’s basic necessities. If you’re responsible and have the right opportunities, you can even afford to add a few luxuries to life. Big screen T.V. anyone?
There’s nothing wrong with that! However, we place ourselves in a spiritual danger zone when we settle into a comfortable place of self-reliance. That’s what had apparently happened with this church. They got their act together, made some money, paid their bills, and then decided that they didn’t really NEED God to get by.
But They Weren’t Hurting Anyone Else…
One of the only prerequisites to receiving salvation is the understanding that you need it.On the surface, it might seem like Jesus is over reacting a little bit here. Apparently this group was still going to church. The evidence suggests that they were model citizens. Why not cut them some slack?
Here’s what I believe to be the answer. One of the greatest threats to the modern church is from within – church goers who just don’t see the necessity of involving God.
One of the only prerequisites to receiving salvation is the understanding that you need it. When the people who form the ‘church’ start believing that they do not need God, that is the fruit which will be produced in the lives of those people it affects.
The Bottom Line
I think that at the end of the day, God is wanting to avoid church becoming a routine that is void of a relationship. When we walk away from our relationship with God, but still hold onto the habit of church, we become an infection within the Body that brings a lot of other people down with us.
He would rather you were a little too hot or just completely ice-cold. As bad as those may be, they’re still not as infectious as the lukewarm life.
Before you leave this post feeling depressed, take a quick second and ready what God says in the next three verses. Revelation 3:19-20
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. – Revelation 3:19-20
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