“Are You a Lukewarm Christian? - 4 Ways to Turn Up the Heat”Categories: Christian Living, Joshuah Ellis
It’s Sunday morning. The alarm clock sounds and the first thought that goes through your head is, “I don’t want to get up and go to worship!” But wait! It’s Sunday…the Lord’s Day. You should be so overcome with zeal that you fly out of bed with all the enthusiasm of an over-caffeinated Disney character. So what’s the problem? Why don’t you feel as committed to serving God as you wish you did? Maybe you’re one of those lukewarm Christians that Jesus talked about, and that cannot be good because we all know how God feels about those folks (Revelation 3:16). So, here are some things you can start doing right now if you feel that you don’t have that fire inside of you motivating you to give God the best of yourself.
1. Stop feeling guilty. Being lukewarm doesn’t mean that you are a bad person, or even a bad Christian. It just means that you have a kink in your spiritual life that needs to be worked out. God has made provision for all of us to live a life that is pleasing to Him (2 Peter 3:9). He has set us up to succeed which means that change is always possible. Take a moment right now to thank God for giving you what you need to win!
2. Do a good deed. You will notice, Jesus said, “I know your deeds” (Revelation 3:15). The Laodecians’ lukewarmness (Is that a word?) was not associated with their motivation. It was associated with their behavior. Behavior is easy to control. Don’t believe me? Stick out your tongue right now. See? You have perfect control of your behavior. So behave in a way that will make God happy. Do one thing today, that maybe you don’t ordinarily do, that represents the godliness to which you aspire!
3. Pray. I know, I know. Everybody always says, “Pray and your problems will go away.” Well, don’t roll your eyes just yet. James does tell us that prayer works (James 5:16), but that isn’t the only benefit of prayer. When you pray, what are you thinking about? Usually, we think about God and our minds are consumed with our expressions toward Him. What we don’t usually think about during prayer are the things, which are contributing to our lukewarmness (there’s that word again). Spend 5 minutes today talking to God about your current situation and see what happens!
4. Get a little stubborn. What?!?! Yeah, you heard me. If you’re lukewarm, the devil is loving it! He hates you, and he wants you to fail (1 Peter 5:8)! Don’t give him that satisfaction. Don’t make his job easy one little bit! Dig in your heels, and resolve that for today, you are going to make the devil’s life miserable. Then, tomorrow, do the same thing. Be a warrior. It’s in you. I know it is, because God put it in you (2 Timothy 2:3).
I hope these suggestions help you today, and that you once again find that fire for serving God!