“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me”
This month as I was just writing down a number of things am thankful for this year 2019 as it ends and also jotting down what am believing & trusting God for in 2020, I reflected on my life and relationship with God prior to the beginning of 2019 and one thing that was all over my face was – LUKEWARM.
I gave a thanks giving testimony about this last Sunday 29th Dec 2019 in our church and it was like I was led by the spirit to share the testimony because after that I sat down and was wondering what led me to the front-at the pulpit to share.
So……what’s this Lukewarm stuff……………………
Lukewarm definition as per Cambridge English dictionary;
- (Of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid. “they drank bitter lukewarm coffee”
- Showing little enthusiasm. – If you describe a person or their attitude as lukewarm, you mean that they are not showing much enthusiasm or interest.
I now got to understand why – LUKEWARM – was all over my face. The Holy Spirit was showing me the journey I had been through and the TRANSFORMATION that God has led me through in 2019.
I was a LUKEWARM person, Christian ………..that’s what I realized!
A lukewarm Christian is someone who claims to be a believer in Jesus but does not appear to be committed to Christ, may occasionally attend church, rarely reads the Bible, and dabbles in the sinful things of the world.
Such a person is clearly a Christian who at some point confessed with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believed in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead, but that was as far as they went.
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE HOT?
Are you doing one of the below?
- Spending time in worship feels like work to You.
- You would rather be accepted socially, than reveal your Christian faith
- You don’t read the Bible very much
- You don’t pray very much, or only pray to God during difficult times.
- You only go to church for social reasons, if at all
- Service to others just doesn’t seem appealing.
This does not mean that every lukewarm “Christian” is not a truly revived Christian because there are instances where new Christians will immerse with their old ways and experience conviction of their sins, before finally giving them up.
In Revelation 3:15-17. ……………………………………………….
The spirit speaking through John to the church in Laodicea. He says, “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. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”
First thing you should know is that Laodicea was a wealthy city. Its strategic location at the center of major crossroads between several cities made it a thriving commercial and banking center.
They (Laodicea) knew exactly what He was talking about. They had been drinking lukewarm water for years. Water left the mountains ice cold, and it left the springs steaming hot, but when they got it, both were lukewarm, and it was sickening.
WHAT’S THIS HOT & COLD?
“COLD”; indicative of NOT being a Christian – someone who has no interest in the Bible, in Christ, or His Church. This person makes no pretense about it and in all truthfulness, cannot be considered a hypocrite. They don’t care and they’re fine with it.
GOOD NEWS – Jesus says He actually wishes YOU were cold – the Holy Spirit can still bring a deep conviction and bring YOU to a point of repentance.
“HOT” believer, like Barnabas and Stephen in the book of Acts, is “full of faith” and “full of the Holy Spirit.” They’re not perfect and certainly not sinless, but their eyes are so focused on Christ that there’s a daily desire to bring honor to Him in all they do.
DON’T MAKE JESUS SPIT YOU!
The point of this verse in revelation, is that Laodicea was caught up in the Roman culture of wealth and status. While the church may have presented itself as established, growing, and without need, the character of the members reflected that they were MISSING THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL.
This was what I was and i thank God for delivering me from that state in 2019 – and what about You!
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
James 4:8 urges us to “come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands and purify your hearts.”
The reference to “wash your hands” is a call to lay down the mindset that you must work to satisfy God. It cannot be done. Let it go now.
YOU ARE NOT MADE TO SATISFY GOD; HE MADE YOU TO BE SATISFIED IN HIM.
Any gap in closeness with God can be bridged by recognizing the distance. Surround yourself with people willing to speak truth to you.
Spend time with God whenever you can. Renew yourself and empty the perpetually replenishing doubt and negativity by speaking to him.
Light yourself on fire!
If you choose to remain in your lukewarm state, Jesus will intervene -not in a pleasant way.
In Revelation 3:18-19, He does, however, offer you the freedom to do it yourself before He has to step in. He says, “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
Being a Christian does not mean simply believing in Christ and then living your life as though he doesn’t matter to you. Being a Christian means to follow him, to turn from sin, and to tell others about who he is and what he is done for our salvation.
LIVE A LIFESTYLE OF CONTINUAL CONFESSION.
PROSPEROUS AND BLESSED 2020!