There are very few things in life that are good when it comes to being lukewarm. For instance, we don’t hear people say, “You’d feel better if you would go take a lukewarm shower.” How about, “Let me pour you a lukewarm cup of coffee.” Better yet, would you want a scoop of lukewarm ice cream? Society tells us things should be hot or cold. But in the area of Christianity, some folks think that being lukewarm is ok…but is it?
First, let’s define lukewarm. The definition of lukewarm is being half hearted, not hot nor cold. Spiritually speaking, it means their faith doesn’t mean very much to them. They aren’t particularly enthusiastic about it. Instead, they drift along, perhaps going to church when it’s convenient, perhaps praying only when they need something, or never telling anyone about God. The lukewarm Christian makes a habit of leading their own life to what they think is comfortable,not what God commands.
Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and mind. This does not make God happy. We read about this in Revelation 3:16, Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, “So, because you are lukewarm neither hot nor cold I am about to spit you out of my mouth”. Have you ever eaten something that turned your stomach? This is exactly how Jesus feels about lukewarm people. Satan, on the other hand, he loves a lukewarm Christian.
Can you imagine Jesus telling you that you make Him sick? Personally, it would devastate me. In 2 Corinthians 13:5 it says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Examining ourselves is so important. Everything that runs needs maintenance to make sure all is working properly. Christians are no different. We should examine ourselves regularly to make sure we are not being lukewarm. Question, has your relationship with God become routine, or even boring? If it has, its time to re-examine your heart.
Being a lukewarm Christian causes us to not be concerned with much at all. We become indifferent, inactive and unproductive for the Lord. This is a dangerous place to be in, because we may end up taking on the world’s standards, not really understanding or even caring about what affect that will have on our spiritual well being. Being lukewarm is very dangerous.
The church is in great need of those who are on fire for the Lord. Those who want to serve Him and spread the good news. The church needs those who love Him and want to keep his commandments. The church needs people to be passionate and joyful. The church needs you!