Revelation 2:14-16 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
What does it mean to be lukewarm? Webster defines it, “showing little enthusiasm: indifferent, cool, halfhearted, apathetic, unenthusiastic, tepid. Lukewarm people are half-way in between living life. We’ll have experienced lukewarm people in lukewarm relationships. In fact, if I being honest with you and myself, I have experienced being lukewarm in my faith. What does a lukewarm faith look like? Thomas Dubai writes in Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within, “Mediocre people often have a tinge of religion about them, but it is only a tinge. They take their religion as it comes. They may pray and worship more or less regularly, and they usually stay clear of publicly disgraceful crimes, but they are lukewarm, colorless. Seldom or never do they read a serious book about prayer or study to learn more about God and His plans, to discover how to be humble and chaste and patient. They are always too busy with the one thing necessary.” What is the one thing necessary? The Bible says, “To be still and know that I am God.” The stillness of our souls deepens our faith in Jesus.
John Zumwalt writes, “We are living a shallow, hollow Christianity and hardly realize it. Our Christianity looks nothing like the Book of Acts, and we somehow have no problem with that. It is anemic and weak compared to the apostolic glory days. We have started to rewrite our theology based on our lack of experience, rather than based upon the Scriptures.” NewLife it’s time to take the faith challenge!! It’s time to move out of our shallow, hollow, anemic faith and let God ignite a Holy Ghost fire in our lives. The faith challenge will allow God to set brushfires of revival in our homes, schools, and community. If we took it seriously, God could take our lukewarm hearts and set them on fire for His glory, as He did in the early church. Confess your lukewarm faith in God this morning.
Ask God to ignite your heart with Holy Ghost fire today. Pick up the Book of Acts today and read the first couple of chapters. Join me today and take the faith challenge. It could change your faith, and transform your life!