Just Enough Isn’t Good Enough
Jesus said: “I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)
What I’m about to write may sting a little, but since the Lord brought it up…
In this life it’s easy to get distracted away from the Lord’s service. There’s so much to do: work, kids, family, chores,etc. Not only that there are fun places we like to go to: the beach, Disneyland, hiking, football game get-togethers, birthday parties…you get the picture.
In all my years of being in the Lord’s work I’ve seen people from a variety of walks of life fall into 3 categories: (1) Fully committed to Jesus [HOT], (2) Not serving Him at all anymore [COLD], or (3) just doing enough to feel good about themselves [LUKEWARM].
What does “just doing enough” look like? Let’s break it down into a few categories:
(1) Going to Church Service once in a while: if you go to a church like mine, we have Sunday school classes, Sunday Worship, Sunday afternoon Bible study, and Wednesday night Bible study. These services are to equip the Lord’s saints to live a better life in our present world and in God’s kingdom to come. We gather together with other believers every chance we get so that we can make each other stronger in the Lord to face this life as best we can. When we decide to do other things during this time and miss these services, it’s time to take a serious look at our spiritual life. If we ask ourselves (or our spouse), “What do you think, should we go to church today?” then there’s a serious disconnect between us and God.
We are all busy and have important things to do, but Jesus reminds us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” In Hebrews 10:24-25 we are reminded to not forsake assembling with other believers. To those who think we can be close to God outside of church the Bible tells us, “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 3:21.
Bottom line: if you want blessings and to bless others, learn to love God’s church and its imperfect people. After all He gave His life for both. (John 3:16, Ephesians 5:25)
(2) Relationship with Others: Wow, this is getting long, so I’ll be quick on category #2: Relationships With Others: (Please read the last post since I go into detail on this next point). Jesus wants us to love and serve others before ourselves. If you’re “just doing enough” to keep a shaky peace in your relationships it’s not good enough. Go the extra mile and show your spouse, children, and those around you God’s love and forgiveness. Jesus mentioned more than once that how can we ask forgiveness from God but withhold it from others?
So here’s how you can start your better life today: make a decision to FULLY COMMIT to God: attend all the church services that are offered at your church, and learn to love and forgive others as you would want God to love and forgive you.
Let’s encourage each other now and comment below on some ways to get out of being a lukewarm Christian and to be on fire for the Lord.