Are You A Lukewarm Christian?
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” — Revelation 3:15-17
If you’ve grown up in Church, you’ve probably heard this passage a lot. The truth is when we’re spiritually blinded to where God wants us to be, we’re likely to be caught up in sin and therefore, are straying far away from God. If we’ve been Christian our entire life, we often slip into mediocracy and begin to settle in our complacencies. Yet, that was never part of the plan for us. We were never called to be complacent in our sin; we were called to be saints and to strive for holiness.
Making time for God is something that a lot of people struggle with and that’s when complacency settles in. Yet, when it comes to our spiritual journey, there’s no level ground. We’re either climbing up the mountain of faith or tumbling back down.
The problem with being lukewarm is that we forget how wretched and ugly sin truly is. Many of us end up diluting our faith, out of the fear of rejection. We end up compromising the truth about who we are because we don't want to be singled out in the crowd. We end up compromising our core beliefs because we follow the crowd and end up living the wrong kind of lifestyle. Yet, the more I grow in faith, the more I realise that Christianity is a radical call to be counter-cultural. It's a constant battle to resist the temptations of this world…
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” – James 4:8
The Bible warns us that we must pick a side. We cannot be lovers of both God and the World. If we want to give our lives completely to Jesus, we need to give every part of us and not let our broken parts hold us back. We need to give Him every little part: the good, the bad and the ugly.
“They claim to know God but by their works they deny him” - Titus 1:16
If people didn’t know you were a Christian, would they have guessed it through the way you live your life? Are we sharing our testimony with others? Are we making disciples of the nations? An element of being lukewarm is when we become arrogant about where we are in our relationship with God but don’t actually use the gifts God has given us to help others.
So many of us fall into the trap of only posting Bible verses to throw shade or as an aesthetic, but how many of us are nourished by the Word daily? So many of us are malnourished Christians because we only feed on the Word at Church on Sundays but are trying to fight hefty battles during the week. What we don’t realise is that we have the opportunity to seek and consult God, every moment of our lives. Christianity is a lifestyle and consistency is key…
We cannot cherry-pick bits we like from the Bible and dismiss the bits we don't. When it comes to saving sex for marriage, for instance, some of us pretend like this particular sin is not really a sin. We fool ourselves with this mentality because we take sin, what we know to be damaging our relationship with God and we perceive it to be not that deep. It’s this lukewarm mentality, that often makes our faith wishy-washy.
"Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'" — Luke 13:24-27
Christianity isn’t the easy route, rather it’s the radical route of dying to one’s self. When you pick up your Cross and follow Jesus, it's as if you are walking the path to Calvary. You will get people who do not like you because you are a follower of Christ. You will get people who will mock you for your faith. But do not lose hope, for there is so much more security when you give your life to Jesus, rather than clinging to the passing pleasures of this world. You were created for much more than this world; you were created for eternity…