In Revelations 3, Jesus speaks about the Church of Laodicea, and the ‘lukewarm’ heart of these Christians.
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So becasue you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich,I have prospered, and I need nothing,not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. ” -Revelations 3: 15-17
Many people walk through life claiming many different things about who they are. Identifying yourself as a Christian should be more than just the name. When we say that we are a Christian, it carries a lot of weight. It is more than just going to church, posting a verse on social media, or having a Jesus fish bumper sticker on your car. It means, and should mean to us that we have fully dedicated our lives for Christ and must be willing for Him to take complete control of our lives.
So when Jesus describes the Church of Laodicea as being filled with ‘lukewarm’ Christians, He looked at their hearts and realized that they were empty of Him. They were walking around and claiming to be Christians, but they were not moved by the Holy Spirit and they did not live their lives for the Lord.
Don’t act like a Christian. Act like Christ.
On of my favorite books is Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. This book talks about the difference between being a fan of Jesus and being a follower of Jesus. In this book, Idleman describes the Fans as wanting to be close enough to Jesus to receive the benefit He can offer, but not close enough to sacrifice their time or lives for Jesus. The examples provided by Idleman throughout this book are a perfect description of how Jesus refers to being ‘lukewarm’.
There is a big difference in believing in Jesus and living for Jesus. To live for Jesus, you need to put HIM first, always. “He must become greater; I must become less.” -John 3:30
Frankly, people don’t want to be inconvenienced, and that is exactly what following Jesus is. He interferes and is ALWAYS present in our lives; most of the time without us truly realizing.
We should never be too busy or so fully consumed in the world that we forget who we are really living for and what our purpose is. Because the term Christian, is much more than being a fan of Jesus; it means we should be a FOLLOWER OF JESUS.
Some questions we all need to ask about ourselves:
-Do we live in the world or does the world live in us?
-Is God’s plan for our lives priority over our own?
-Do you need to recommit yourself and your life to the Lord?
I hope that someone may find this helpful. I know that I have gown through times of a ‘My, Myself, and I’ attitude and I forget that Jesus should be the main focus instead of ME. Every Christian will go through this at one time or another, but it’s about finding our way back to Him.
We should all aim to move from Part-time to Full-time Christians.
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