“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
‘Because you are lukewarm...I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’ As we started the new sermon series this week, about who we are the other six days of the week from Monday to Saturday, this verse continued to find its way into my thoughts. It truly hit home, every single time. If you were to look up Brendan Nelson in the dictionary, you would find “lukewarm follower of Christ”, and as ashamed as I am to profess that, it is nothing but the truth. I’m sure that you may find yourself with that same title casting a burden on your life. Sometimes, it is just easier and much more pleasing to take the easy way out with our faith.
Unfortunately in today’s society, Christians have built up a bad reputation. As Geoff talked about this past Sunday, we have been viewed as: judgmental, hypocritical, out of touch with reality, etc. Can we really disagree with those wholeheartedly though? Would we be honest if we denied every one of the accusations? No, because we all fall in to one of those categories from time to time; we are sinners and we will fail time and time again. With that said, though, we do not have to be the Christian society describes, and that starts on Sunday’s. What we learn during a sermon, or through our service at church, is what we should be applying to the other six days of the week. Galatians 5:1 says: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” That ‘yoke of slavery’ we face is the stereotype placed on Christians; break the mold and live not just hot, but on fire, for we have been set free by Christ.
Think about it:
Nearly all of us fall into the category of “lukewarm” or “cold” at some point, and some of us may be in that state right right. What is one step you can take TODAY to strive for a burning relationship with Jesus Christ?