Are You Lukewarm?

35050637_sOne thing that God doesn’t tolerate for long is a lukewarm believer (Revelation 3). Jesus warned the Laodicean believers that remaining lukewarm would result in being spewed out of God’s mouth (Revelation 3:16). This is strong imagery used to emphasize the seriousness of the matter. Imagine taking a drink of supposedly hot coffee or tea and finding it lukewarm, what would otherwise be satisfying now becomes nauseating and is not swallowed but rejected. What is a lukewarm believer anyhow? The text makes it obvious; it is trying to remain in neutral without making progress in one direction or the other. Many believers are in this category, trying to avoid any serious sins but not passionately seeking to advance in relationship with God. God says to us, “I will have you either hot or cold,” remaining lukewarm is not an option for a believer in Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:15). God will allow the lukewarm churchgoer to remain comfortable for awhile but will soon begin the promptings of Holy Spirit to relight the fires of passion for God by fasting, prayer, bible study, and fellowship with believers who are also passionate for Him. If the lukewarm believer resists the grace work of Holy Spirit to get moving again towards God with passion, Father God will remove some favor resulting in difficulties occurring that will cause the stubborn one to move towards God again. This would not out of desire for Him, but out of desperation for His favor to be restored. The Church of today is largely lukewarm. Few attend prayer meetings and others miss church randomly as though commitment to corporate activity among christians is optional. Many others spend God’s tithe on things other than what it is designated for by God, resulting in closed heavens over their lives. These kind of challenging things are not often mentioned because of the intimidation pastors feel. They often feel they will be accused of not having love or being legalistic. How then, do you explain these words of Christ in scripture? Can we just ignore them and continue on in a nauseating spiritual condition in the eyes of God and still think that we as individuals will enjoy all the blessings of the Kingdom, and we as a Nation of Christians will see God’s favor on our Country? That would be mocking God, and “God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7). God is a loving Father for sure, He is the model of all parenting. He loves His children passionately and desires that same passionate response from them. As a parent, He doesn’t enjoy having to deal in discipline any more than I, as a parent would (Hebrews 12). But it is necessary because when we are living in neutral, we are also very vulnerable to the attacks of Satan. Not to mention that we are not useful in the Kingdom of God as ambassadors sent to disciple nations (Matthew 28:18-20). When we are living in neutral, we are forfeiting the rewards that could be obtained for faithful service to the King, for we will all stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ to give an account of our lives as believers and be rewarded accordingly (2 Corinthians 5). How are you doing with this? God loves you too much to leave you in a lukewarm condition. I strongly urge each one to do as Jesus said if you are trying to live in neutral, “Repent and do your first works over again” (Revelation 2:5). Get back to your prayer life, bible study, church attendance, and giving, these are Christian vital signs, not rules and regulations. You will be glad when the fire of God is burning brightly in your heart and God is your first love again.

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