The lukewarm test
by Chris Forder
I remember drinking a chocolate milk shake years ago. What I didn’t realise was that it had been left out of the fridge for some time. I took a sip through my straw and instantly spat it out. It was warm and revolting. In Revelation 3:16 Jesus says to the church at Laodicea that he will spit them out of his mouth because they are lukewarm. The daily devotions I am doing at the moment challenged me to reflect on whether Jesus might spit me out of his mouth. I was encouraged and challenged by this so I thought I would share it with you. Here is the test it gave.
– Attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.
– Give money to charity and to the church… as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do
– Desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions than what God thinks of their hearts and lives.
– Don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.
– Are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet do not act.
– Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers.
– Rarely share their faith with their neighbours, co-workers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion.
– Gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the street.
– Say they love Jesus, and He is a part of their lives. But only a part. They give Him a section of their time, money, thoughts, but He isn’t allowed to control their lives.
– Love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength.
– Love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves.
How many of these “lukewarm traits” resonated with how you’re living your own life? Passages to read are: Matthew 13:44; Revelation 3:14-18 & Luke 21:1-4.
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