“I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold not hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!” Revelation 3:15-16 (AMP)
Imagine a fence. On one side of the fence is the world. On the other side is God’s Kingdom. Sooner or later, we must get off of that fence and decide on which side we will stand. How many of us Christians live much of our lives perched precariously on that fence? Worse yet, how many of us spend Sundays standing in God’s Kingdom and the rest of the week standing in the world? Let me not “patty cake” with it and just say that if we are going to call ourselves Christians, then we must behave as Christians all of the time. We must stop making excuses and, instead, make a way.
Self-analysis can be a positive thing. Considering our behaviors in light of God’s Word often produces personal growth. We call ourselves Christians, but do we really behave as such? Think about it … I can stand in the vegetable garden all day long, but that does not make me a potato.
We should live out our Christian lives beyond the church walls. We shouldn’t live in God’s kingdom on Sundays, but live like the rest of the world Monday through Saturday. People will tempt us to compromise and when we do, those very same people will criticize and disrespect us. I believe nothing discourages or disgusts a nonbeliever more than a hypocritical Christian.
Jesus spoke very strongly against lukewarm believers (see Revelations 3:16). In fact, one could surmise that He despises them. Consider this … there are few things a nonbeliever despises more than a hypocritical Christian. Our aim should be to become more like Jesus and lead people into relationship with Him. How we choose to live our lives can be our greatest resource in achieving this goal. People rarely listen to what we say, but they almost always watch what we do.
We should make sure we haven’t taken up residence on the fence. We must choose a side … living for God’s kingdom or living for the world. Let’s choose wisely.
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