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. Revelation 3:15-16
Inspired by Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, I set out to write my own top 10 list of indicators you might be living a lukewarm Christianity. Be warned toes will hurt if you read. Be honest with yourself. Read above and see the Lord’s warning for living lukewarm. And remember if you are not guilty of one or two of these it doesn’t make you hot for the Lord.
You think mostly about how to be comfortable and happy on this earth with little thought of Heaven and eternal life.
You give God the leftovers rather than the first fruits of yourself.
You seek God but usually only if you are in a bind.
You don’t share you faith with the lost but you have really good excuses why this is.
You say you believe in God but if we were to record your Monday-Saturday it would reveal that you live as if God doesn’t even exist.
You spend more on your cell phone bill than you give to God.
Someone outside of who you see on Sundays asks you what you love most and Jesus doesn’t get mentioned.
You would rather your kids be happy and popular rather than holy and devoted to God.
You are quick to volunteer at your kids school or sporting event but make excuses why you cannot volunteer at church.
You know you practice sin but justify by saying “doesn’t everyone?”
I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. Job 30:20
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1–2
Often in our life we are not sure what God is up too. Things can get hectic and we are left wondering what God wants to say to us… if anything at all.
If we are honest about it we struggle to see God’s involvement in our daily lives. You don’t like your job but you have no idea what to do about it and you feel like God has not opened any doors. You have some major health issues and you can’t find purpose in it and God seems silent on it. People around you are dying and you are coming face to face with your own mortality and God seems distant. You are single and want God to bring the right person into your life but it seems like God has hidden all the good prospects from you. Don’t you wish He would just write it on a cloud or send you a text message?! “Hey Dax, this is your God. Here is what I am doing right now in that situation of yours…” Just doesn’t happen that way does it?
Let’s get real here. We want God to swoop in with power and win our trust by making clear the good things He is doing in our circumstances. Yet He feels more like an absentee Father more often than not.
Here is my advice to you. Are you ready for it? It won’t make a lot of sense but it is absolutely the response you should have.
Praise God even when you don’t know what He is doing.
That’s right… worship Him even when he seems to be silent. In uncertainty be certain about your affection towards God.
Chew on this idea…Absence heightens desire.
Maybe God’s silence is too move us to hunger more for His presence, to yearn even more for Him. If He were quick to answer every time we have a need, we most likely would take Him for granted and even hold him in contempt. That God feels somewhat out of reach should make us desire Him even more. Longing makes us seek. Seeking will lead to us finding.