Thursday, July 5, 2012

Are You Lukewarm? Part 2

What’s wrong with being lukewarm?

Christ doesn’t ask for part of us. It is the whole deal! This of course doesn’t mean once we are believers we are free from sin and everything’s hunky dory; there will always be sin God wants to free us from. I think that if we truly try to realize God’s love for us and the significance of Christ’s act on the cross, there is no way it won’t completely change or lives.
What does the bible say about lukewarm Christians?
            “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3:15-16 ESV)
In Revelations, Jesus is speaking to John about 7 different churches. Laodicea was one of them, which this verse is talking about in context. They were famous for worshiping Zeus, and were very dependent on their wealth. The moral of the story is, God was so disgusted by this church’s lukewarm acts of faith that he painted the vivid picture we see in these verses.
            What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
(James 2:14 ESV)
Moral of the story: if we say that we have faith, it is no good if our lives are not changed (see Romans 10:9)
            “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
(Romans 6:1 ESV)
One of my favorite scriptures that is constantly convicting me! We should not flippantly ask for forgiveness from Christ when we do something wrong, or proceed in sin just because we know we will be forgiven. Part of repentance is turning away.
            “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
(Luke 13:24 ESV)
Our relationship with Christ is not to be taken lightly. He should be our everything. Plain and simple.

What happens when we truly surrender?

A lot of times we face a LOT of opposition. There will always be critics, but I find enormous comfort in the fact that Jesus always had to deal with the “Negative Nancy’s” (no offense if you are a Nancy; all of the Nancy’s I know were very kind J).
Romans 8:1. We should never feel condemned and like we need to try harder to earn God’s love, because believe me, it is a losing battle. We are free in Christ, and we should celebrate that. 

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