‘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 3:15-16 NASB)
Do you ever think of yourself as a Lukewarm Christian?
I was thinking about being lukewarm this Sabbath. I certainly didn’t want to consider that I might be lukewarm, but when I got honest I had to say that I am sometimes. The thought that I can make God want to spit me out is disturbing.
Why would I even lose my fire for God?
Walking in step with God gives me a peace like nothing else can. Seeing God work in my life and others’ lives is so exciting! It’s hard to believe that I would trade this in for temporary, selfish pleasure that leaves me empty. Yet, I am completely capable of doing just that.
How do I let it happen?
I can surround myself with people, media, and messages that encourage me to focus on myself and my family, don’t get involved, think it’s not my responsibility to do what’s right. I don’t have to look hard to observe these ideas. And the scary thing is that I don’t have to try hard to accept them.
What is the price for being on fire?
Being on fire for God comes with a price from society. Sometimes reproof, rejection, ostracism, persecution, or death. Play by the rules by keeping Christianity low-key and non-offensive and I don’t have to worry about any consequences. For a person like me who doesn’t like confrontation, this can be tempting.
What does it take to be on fire?
COURAGE and SELFLESSNESS.
I realized that a lukewarm Christian is a selfish coward. Courage and selflessness are choices I have to make each day. They also require supernatural strength. I can say I love God, but He doesn’t believe it (nor does anyone else) until I DO something to show that love. He says He knows our deeds. In other words, talk is cheap and meaningless.
So what is the price for being lukewarm?
If I am truly God’s child, I can expect discipline from God when I am lukewarm in my faith. Being His child, I should hear Him calling me back. But it is always my choice whether I will listen and obey. When I do obey, it is incredibly worth it!
‘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. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.’ (Revelation 3:19-21 NASB)
What keeps you on fire for God?
Until next week,