Are you lukewarm?

Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It’s what’s expected. What they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.

Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church… long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living.

Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict.

Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they only want to be saved from the penalty of their sin.

Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers.

Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends.

Lukewarm people gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world.

Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed a part of their lives. But only a part.

Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength.

Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves.

Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give.

Lukewarm people thing about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.

Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor.

Lukewarm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling guilty.

Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control.

Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America.

Lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they don’t have to.

Lukewarm people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t very different from your typical believer.

Ouch. Was the first word that came to mind after stumbling upon this. God, you had to go there?? The answer is YES. As uncomfortable as it may be sometimes, I love being called out by God. I love to see my flaws brought to the surface. I’m as guilty as the next person of many of the statements above. My prayer, as I hope is yours too, is to move past what can be a lukewarm faith and experience God for WHO HE REALLY IS, not for what we perceive Him to be. Notice Jesus gave us the command to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey. What he didn’t add to the end of that verse was- “but hey if that’s too much to ask, just tell them to become Christians–you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.” Sometimes I’m convinced we’ve mastered the art of fooling ourselves. Strive to get in tune with the GOD WHO IS.

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