Growing In Faith
It is not enough to just live the life of a lukewarm Christian. In fact there are dangers of lukewarm Christianity. So it is not enough to just go to church, listen to worship songs and partake in small groups. It is not enough to just fit Jesus into your life — He should be your life. It is so easy to just go through life going through the motions of what the world believes a ‘good’ Christian looks like. But it is another thing to go through life completely picking up your cross and unashamedly chasing after the cross despite the current coming in from the opposite direction.
We shouldn't just be happy to live a life of just doing the bare minimum for God. It shouldn't be enough to call our self a Christian, go to church and love other people. God doesn't want another lukewarm Christian to add to His list. He wants us to be either all in for Him, or not at all.
How do you know if you are a lukewarm Christian? There are many signs to a lukewarm Christian. Lukewarm Christians will often pick what is popular over what is actually right. They have this deep desire to look ‘good’ in the eyes of the church, but also in the eyes of the world. They care a lot about how other people see them and less about what God thinks of their hearts and their lives.
Lukewarm Christians will not speak up about their beliefs. In a group setting where others in the group do not necessarily share their faith or beliefs, lukewarm Christians will not want to speak up about their faith. One of the classic signs of the lukewarm Christian is that they will be afraid of being rejected by the world and feel uncomfortable with bringing conflict to a group setting by choosing to talk about a truth of God that does not fit with the ideals of the world.
Do not believe that because you go to church every Sunday, sing worship, go to youth group or small group, got baptized, grew up in a Christian family etc. that you are secure in your salvation. One of the saddest signs of a lukewarm Christian is that they believe that doing the bare minimum of what is required of them to be considered a ‘good’ person in the eyes of the world is enough for God.
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.” (Ephesians 6:7-8, NLT)
Another one of the signs of a lukewarm Christian is that they value their security and safety above all else. They are slaves to their fear and will not be engaged with taking the risks that God has called them to take. This is because the fear that grips their heart is real and they don’t want to take that leap of faith to go into the unknown.
Don't be content with just being seen by the world as the ‘good’ girl. Living a life believing that it would be totally possible to be liked by everyone in the world and still be a good daughter of the King. Don't compromise! Don't compromise when you should have been proclaiming. Don't compromise when you should be pursuing. Don't compromise when you should be living boldly for Him. Get that fire in your spirit and burn for Jesus!
To go from being lukewarm to on fire we need to spend time in prayer and in the presence of Jesus, really getting to know Him and falling so in love with Him.
He didn’t die for us to be a half-hearted Christian.
And He didn’t do something radical for us to be lukewarm.
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10, NLT)
Without picking up our cross and passionately pursuing after the One who created us, how are we any different from the demons who also believe that there is a God? Ouch!
Jesus didn’t die for you to be ashamed of Him, so let your fire burn!