“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16, NIV).
There is a calamity in our communities today that is slowly eroding our effectiveness as Christians – there are many individuals who are neither hot or cold when it comes to Christ, they are lukewarm.
They attend church because it is what is expected of them. They don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They are moved emotionally by acts of spiritual heroism but are not move to act in faith for Christ. They rarely share their faith with others because of fear of rejection and the fear of making others uncomfortable. They are satisfied with their morality or “goodness” and depend little on Christ transforming their lives. They say they love Jesus, but He isn’t allowed to control their lives. They control their own lives. They love God, but they do not love Him all their heart, soul, and strength. The pleasures of this world excite them more than the reality of spending an eternity in heaven. The daily focus is on work, projects, relationships, personal goals and rarely on heaven. They do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens.
The Lukewarm Christian is too comfortable with their present religiousity to trust God with their spirituality.
Ellen G. White says, “Halfhearted (Lukewarm) Christians are worse than infidels; for their deceptive words and uncommitted position lead many astray. The infidel shows his colors. The lukewarm Christian deceives both parties. He is neither a good worldling not a good Christian. Satan uses him to do a work that no one else can do.”
Many of us are lukewarm and halfhearted Christians – we are not cold neither are we on fire for Christ…but we have hope in Jesus!
God is able to start a revival in our lives and restart a spiritual flame in our hearts and help us to recommit our lives to Him. Let us seek a revitalized relationship with the God who yearns for our passionate commitment!
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