‘15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’ Revelation 3:15 – 16 (NIV)
So recently I believe God has really been convicting me about being a lukewarm Christian, being in and out of my obedience to God and in and out of my reliance on Him completely. So for the last few months, I have really been working on being fully devoted to God, placing Him above everything I am doing and simply prioritising His will for me as a Christian and a child of God. This burden that God has placed on my heart has led me recently to be really saddened about the amount of lukewarm Christians in the world. You know God has specifically placed a burden on your heart, when despite everything that you do you can’t ignore what you’re feeling in your heart, until you’re literally forced to act on what God is saying to you. So that’s why you’re reading this blog post today.
So, what exactly is a lukewarm Christian? A lukewarm Christian is a Christian that believes in God and claims to love God, but all of their actions combined don’t seem to add up to the passion they say they have for God. A lukewarm Christian is a Christian that worships God on a Sunday, if they are even regularly attending Church on Sundays, and during the week belongs to the world again. A lukewarm Christian has not yet denied and died to their self, and they are still heavily struggling with loving the world but trying to balance this with loving God too. A lukewarm Christian knows the Bible, and even posts Bible quotes all over the place, but fails to live by these same Bible quotes they seem to know and believe so well. Triggered? Most likely. As God definitely spent the first few months of 2018 making me feel extremely uncomfortable with how I was conducting my walk with Him.
So why is this a problem? What’s so wrong with being a ‘lukewarm Christian’? Because, after all, God knew we were sinners and would remain sinners, and that’s why He sent His one and only son to die for our sins…right? And despite us struggling with leaving the world and sin, what matters most is that we love God…right? And anyways, God is a forgiving God, so I don’t need to try extremely hard to leave the world and stop doing the worldly things I love, as whether or not I am sinning or not sinning, God will always forgive me and love me…right? Well, these exact viewpoints are statements I believe many Christians use to justify to themselves their comfort in the world and in sinning. In fact all I see is an abuse of God’s love for us and an abuse of His never ending forgiveness. As if we truly wholeheartedly loved God, we would obey His law and try our hardest not to hurt Him and disobey Him. If we truly loved God unconditionally no matter the circumstances, we would be disciplined in our walks with Him and in our obedience to Him, as we know exactly what is required of us and would want to obey God’s instructions. God has called all Christians to die to their self and take up Jesus’ cross daily. God has called us to lose our worldly lives if we love Him…so what are we waiting for?
Furthermore, I believe many of us are quite self-centred about our walks with God. Yes, your walk with God is between you and God alone, but we forget that the world is watching how we conduct our walks with God. How much you obey God will influence how strongly someone else feels convicted to love God and be saved by Him. If you yourself are living a worldly life but claiming to love God, as if you haven’t been saved, who exactly do you think you’re going to influence to be saved by the Lord? If you so clearly haven’t submitted your life to God, who do you think is going to change their life and give it to God, if you haven’t even done the same thing? As Christians we’re supposed to aim to give others salvation and lead by example; so the point is, if you don’t act like you’re saved, you won’t save anyone. What use is it gaining the whole world but losing out on Salvation? (Matthew 16:26) We need to stop telling ourselves our behaviour is okay and be real and honest with ourselves; how much of yourself have you really given to God?
With all that being said, it is important to know 2 main things. 1) God has never said that it is by your own strength that you will obey Him completely. 2) God has never said that you have to be perfect before you come to Him. God will give you the strength to obey Him, as we were born sinners so it certainly isn’t easy, especially in our youth, to love God and completely submit to Him. Yet by the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, by asking for God’s assistance to allow you to submit to Him fully, your journey will certainly be easier. Stop leaning on your own strength and understanding, instead ask God for strength, for wisdom and for Him to fill you up and convict you so much that you have no choice but to obey Him. In addition, we need to just come to Him as we are. Often, we try to fix ourselves and grow that little bit more on our own, before we ask God to forgive us, transform us and strengthen us. God has never said it should be this way. God will wash away your shame and restore you, so please don’t run away from God and condemn yourself when He has already forgiven you and just asks that you come to Him, embrace His love for you and let Him transform you. There’s no such thing as going so far from God that you have to deal with life and your struggles on your own, He wants more than anything to help you. God just wants you to come home.
A great prayer for you to pray is this: Lord, please set my heart on fire for you. Lord, please give me the strength to completely deny myself, my worldly desires and completely submit to you. Lord, please forgive me for my sins and give me a heart of repentance that wants so badly to just live for you. Lord, please make me part of a generation of children of God, that are increasingly on fire for you and desperate to see the whole world accept you as their Lord and saviour. Please Lord, do with my life what you will. Amen.
Further Bible scriptures you can refer to:
‘15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.’ 1 John 2:15 – 16 (NLT)
‘13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.’ Colossians 1:13 – 14 (NKJV)
‘2 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.’ Exodus 15:2 (NKJV)
‘38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.’ Romans 8:38 (NLT)
‘10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ John 10:10 (ESV)