What Does God Think of Lukewarm Christians?
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.Revelation 3:16
How would you define a lukewarm Christian? Could it be that Christ is only part of their lives as opposed to Christ being their lives? For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.. (Colossians 3:4) Scripture tells us that Christ is our lives, because the Spirit lives in us and we are the Lord’s servants. A lukewarm Christian may be defined as someone who is a part-time servant and part-time their own god, or part-time spiritual and part-time worldly.
Can being a part-time Christian be attributed to a lack of faith, not trusting God to guide their lives? If this is true then it is because a part-time Christian probably has a very limited understanding of God and his Word. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25) We are guided by our consciences which are in agreement with the Spirit, enabling us to walk in the Spirit.
A part-time or lukewarm Christian is not someone who is motivated for spiritual growth. Spiritual growth requires ministering to souls in the church and to lost souls outside the church, which drives us to living in the Word, to praying without ceasing, and to fellowshipping with our Christian brothers and sisters. This forms a circle of spiritual growth which increases our motivations and continually changes our minds and hearts to that of Christ. Break this circle and our Christian lives are lukewarm instead of being on fire. Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)
The fire in our hearts drives a Christian to minister, to live in the Word, to pray without ceasing, and to be with Christian brothers and sisters. Reading the Word and praying becomes our lives, and fellowshipping becomes extremely fulfilling, comforting, and essential. This circle of growth consists of giving and receiving; we have to give in order to receive. Christ fills us with his love and we reflect that to the world. It’s through this circle of spiritual growth that the cinders of a lukewarm heart ignite into a fire.
Today evaluate your heart for lukewarm motivation and strive to build a fire in your heart for God. Seek to follow the Spirit and to be a light for Christ by being encouraging and caring. Know that through the power of the Spirit you have eternally helped someone.
Let’s Pray: Lord, help me to surrender all to you and to never be a lukewarm Christian. I know that if I could perfectly surrender, I could be perfectly motivated to serve you. Lord, help me to realize that walking in your divine will leads to the fire in my spirit. In Jesus name, Amen