When a Christian describes another Christian as “lukewarm” it’s normally a dig at their walk with God. Now, of course, that person’s walk is none of their business, but I mention it for contextual purposes because. Being lukewarm means that someone isn’t completely backslidden but they aren’t completely on fire for the Lord either. They’re just ‘meh’ about it. They know the truth, they’ve accepted Jesus into their hearts, and they go to church sometimes.They have a bible somewhere in their home and they pray when they need something, but that’s the extent of it. There’s really no relationship. Nothing intentional and no real interest or love for Jesus is being felt, and therefore, not being shown. Lukewarm Christians are also more likely to compromise their beliefs. They’re not 100% about what’s wrong and about what the bible says. They’re in the middle.
Now, you’re probably thinking, so what? They’re a Christian. That’s what matters ultimately, so why is it such a big deal that they’re neutral? That just means they’re probably more private about their walk. My response to that is DANGER ZONE. A lukewarm Christian is in the danger zone. First of all, there’s no “private” relationship with Jesus. Why would you want to be private about something so life-changing? Second, when we accept the Lord into our hearts we are to CONFESS WITH OUR MOUTHS that Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9 NKJV) and “we should not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16 NKJV).”
When you’re lukewarm, you’re comfortable, and what happens when we get comfy? We tend to not want to move from that position or situation. If I’m wearing my coziest pajamas on my couch with my favorite blanket, coffee in hand, I know that I am not moving from that spot for a very long time. Once I’m there, I don’t want to leave. You know what else happens when you’re sitting on that amazing, cozy metaphorical couch? You get lazy. Suddenly you have no motivation to do anything because that would require movement and, essentially, uncomfortably. And the next thing you know, dishes are piling up, bills aren’t being paid, the bed is a mess, and there are clothes everywhere. You are just soooo comfortable that you ignore all responsibility, duty, and, most importantly, what you’ve been called to do. That is what a lukewarm Christian life looks like. A whole lot of comfort. But, Kaitlin, that sounds great! Doesn’t God want us to be comfortable? Doesn’t He want us to be happy and live a peaceful life without inconvenience? Of course He wants us to be comfortable, but the comfort of the flesh and comfort of the spirit look and feel very, very different, and NEWSFLASH, the Christian life is anything but convenient. I am almost 100% positive it doesn’t say anywhere in the bible that we are called to live a life of comfort and convenience, but there are a lot of Christians who seem to misconstrue so much of what the Bible says on the subject.
The comfort we should be yearning for is the comfort from the Lord who “comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NKJV). This is a comfort that comes from the peace and love that God gives and who God IS. It’s a comfort that comes from trusting Him to protect you, defend you, convict you, and provide for you in all areas of life and under any circumstances that you will endure (I guarantee you will endure A LOT as a Christian). So, when you take hold of that comfort, you will be more self-assured in who you are in Christ, leaving you bold, on fire, and ready to truly follow Him. Studying His Word and having a daily prayer walk with Him will strengthen that comfort even more. Lukewarm Christians do not feel, nor do they seek, this comfort because they are so engulfed in the world’s comfort. They are going with the physical rather than the spiritual. This shows their lack of faith as well. If you aren’t familiar with this saying, then you’re about to get familiar--it is better to be ice, ice cold (I’m talkin’ agnostic, Atheist, never even seen a bible or stepped foot in a church) than it is to be lukewarm. Blows your mind, doesn’t it? What’s even more gnarly is that in Revelation 3:16 God says these majorly harsh, but necessary, words on the subject: “so then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (NKJV). Um...WOW. I don’t know about you, but that stings like hell (quite literally). God considers us to be like vomit if we are lukewarm. That may seem a little intense, but I’d say it’s safe to compare. Think of lukewarm coffee, soup, your favorite mac ‘n’ cheese, and so on. It’s pretty gross and can definitely make you feel sick. I think that verse is a powerful illustration because when we vomit, that is our stomach rejecting the poison that’s just been ingested. If you have one foot in this world and one foot in heaven, or if you’re “ok” with both THE truth and THE lie, you’re basically poison to the Lord. 1 John 2:15 says “do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (NKJV). That verse is incredibly convicting. We can love and enjoy our lives here on earth, but when we start valuing what the world says and offers over what God says and offers, that’s where we need to an in depth inventory on ourselves.
Feelings, which are flesh-led, are seen by the world as something we should always rely on. Trust your gut, they say. Only you know what’s best for you, they say. Well, the bible tells us in Proverbs to “trust in the Lord with all of [our] hearts, and lean not on [our] own understanding; in all [our] ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct [our] path. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV). Again, hard-hitting wisdom that’s even harder to act on, but being intentional about those actions are what God craves. He is a jealous God and he wants all of us! Not a quarter, not a half--ALL. To be wanted like that is so special and so taken for granted by most Christians (myself included, sometimes), so that’s why it’s so crucial to ask yourself: am I giving my all to the God who sent his son to die for me? Have I dedicated my life to the God who loves me unconditionally, without fail, or question? It’s Him or the world. There is no hangin’ out in between. We love Him because He first loved us. Lukewarm may be physically and spiritually comfortable, but it sure doesn’t fulfill our spiritual appetite or satisfy what we are really, truly craving: a real, raw relationship with Jesus Christ.
Remember this verse and hide it in your heart: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV).
I love you all and I can’t express my gratitude enough for those of you who read and follow me. I cherish you. Thank you for your support, no matter how seemingly small or large.
Sincerely + with love,