It’s time for a temperature check. Are you hot, cold, or lukewarm to the things of God?
#1) Do you fear Him?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The world (collectively) lacks it. Sorry world, but it’s true. While knowledge is everywhere and ever increasing, wisdom is declining. Wisdom is not something you find by consulting with the internet, nor is it something you find by living in the enticing ways of flesh. It can’t be found at the bottom of a bottle of booze. Wisdom is not something you find in the last hits of a blunt while engaging in pseudophilosophical babble.
True wisdom can’t be found in sin, only folly is found in it. Rather, wisdom comes when we stop feeding our flesh a buffet of assorted distractions and turn to the world of the spirit. In order to be close to our God, we must seek Him in spirit. We will never find Him by pursuing the vain and instantly-satisfying things of the flesh.
Wisdom comes to its seekers who after having wasted a part of their lives wallowing in the mire of their sin, reach the foot of God…and slowly but steadily raise their gaze to behold, for the first time, His realness, holiness, and sovereignty. God is not merely loving and forgiving, but perfectly righteous. He gives chances, but when time is up, it’s up. Too bad for the sleepers, the indolent, undisciplined, and forgetful lot. His mercies are refreshing as a droubt-ending shower, but His judgement is swift and inescapable as a lightning strike.
There is nothing that can separate us from Him for better or for worse. Those who submit to Him, He reconciles to His good grace and nature, but those who make themselves His enemies are doomed to future defeat; for the LORD is invincible. He created everything, therefore, He has power over all things. Were it not for His abundant mercies, His wrath would have already consumed this sinful world in a fraction of a moment.
#2) Do you compromise?
Lukewarm people don’t take stands. They are liberal in their approach to life. The term liberal may evoke political dispositions but here’s the definition of the word:
- 1.open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
Being liberal involvea the adoption of the “anything goes mentality” which currently plagues our society. It is as detrimental to spiritual growth and life as taking the completely cold stance of full-time sinfulness.
We live in a world that has been brainwashed into a concept called moral relativism. It may seem intelligent at first, but the term is truly absurd! Morality is not something that changes based on the times, circumstances, or individuals in question. Is lying wrong? Yes it always has been and always will be. Is stealing wrong? Yes it is wrong in every instance. Though a parent who steals a loaf of bread to feed his or her children is doing so for a noble cause, it is wrong! Were it not for the sake of business and commerce, food and other resources would belong to all, but stealing is still wrong. Were it not for greed and selfishness, starvation and hunger in the world would not exist, but stealing is still wrong…even when a situation may make it more excusable.
When we’re hot for whatever is Godly, we take a stand against that which is immoral. We set the right boundaries in accordance to God’s commandments. We did not establish morality, nor did an alleged ape-like ancestor. Morality was established by God from the beginning and God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, His commandments are everlasting. He is not an Old Testament God or a New Testament one. He is the unchanging steadfast God, El Olam.
To be hot for Him and the gospel doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all out on the streets declaring His future return. There is nothing wrong with that either for whoever is led in that direction, but it does mean that we as believers are not compromising our moral integrity for the approval of other human beings. Those who are on fire for the LORD, God Almighty will let others know unashamedly that they serve the LORD who is above all other lords, the King above every other king.
Revelations 3:16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
…and there we have it. God likes frappuccinos and hot coffee but not the stale coffee from yesterday. It’s time for a temperature check.