Or at least you should be.
I have become increasingly frustrated in the past couple months of the weak way in which I see Christians living. I will put myself in that category. I apologize if I sound harsh…. I have become increasingly passionate about this. I have to say something, for everything I say that may be convicting to you I realize, that with the same rule, I am casting judgement upon myself….
We spend so much time on everything else and no time on Christ. We take upon us the encouraging scriptures but do not apply the convicting ones to our lives. Far be it for our creator to impose rules that go against our "freedom"– freedom that He, by grace, has given us in the first place.
To sum it up scripturally, I would like to quote a revelation from Jesus to John in the opening chapters of Revelation:
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
We are neither one extreme or the other:
(1) We are not cold. We do not hate God; we do not outright despise Him; we do not think His commandments are absurd, foolish, or out of date.
(2) We are not hot. We are not as Keith Green called it, "bananas for Jesus." We do not spend time in His word daily; we do not attempt to find that balance of the letter and spirit of the law. We do not lay ourselves aside so that Christ may shine more brightly. We do not find ways to serve Him and honor Him in our day-to-day lives out of an overflow of love for Him.
No…we are somewhere in the middle
(3) We are lukewarm, stale and stagnant. We are thankful for what He has done for us. We thank Him that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and raise again to give us new life. What a gift! But living a spirit-led life? No way! That is too inconvenient. "it's not like I'm getting drunk all the time…", "We're in love, so it's okay." "It was just a fling." "I know it didn't pay for it, but everyone downloads movies and music." "Look, but not touch; it's okay if I don't pursue her/him, right?" This is where so many of us live. This is where somehow we are content in living. We all got our gold star, our salvation, easy sailing from here…. Sorry…. False.
This is what Jesus says in verse 17 of Revelation 3: "You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked." We are so spiritually bankfupt it is gross….
How can we be satisfied with such a pathetic undertaking? How can we not go against the status-quo? What are we afraid of? People's reactions??? Our reputations? Possible persecutions??? This is what Jesus has to say about that in Matthew 10:28: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
In the bible when people were put face-to-face with God, they bowed down in terror and awe. When they accepted Christ and the Holy Spirit took control of their lives, they turned this world upside down. They proclaimed Christ boldly, were beaten, and proclaimed some more. We…well we play XBox 360, talk about our favorite TV Shows, actors and actresses, talk about others and hope that no one will be the buzzkill and drop the "J" word. "Come on man…we aren't at church…" No wonder biblical illiteracy and understanding of doctrine is at an all time low. Because outside of church, in our friendships, in our workplace, it just doesn't come up. Why is it that Christian friendships leave out Christ? Something has to change. Excuses for lukewarm living must stop…"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Well… except, live a holy life, but just about anything else!" (TACV The American Christian Version Phil 4:13)
I will strive to be intentional about my part…. Will you?