Ladies, have you ever heard the saying “lukewarm Christians”? Revelation 3:15-16 refers to them: “Because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.” But what does that mean?
Sometimes referred to as “pagan Christians,” lukewarm Christians often seem like devoted Christians from the outside. They go to church on Sundays, maybe say grace at dinner and praise God accordingly. But is that enough for a true follower of Christ?
In this world, it seems that there are more Christians than there are devoted Christians. And these lukewarm Christians—after attending church or saying grace or praising God—are not much different from non-Christians. These Christians have become lost in the world, and many of them are not even aware that they’re lukewarm in their faith.
If you’ve ever wondered if you were a lukewarm Christian, ask yourself these questions.
1. Do you love money, success and power? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to succeed in our endeavors, but when success, money and power are all we care about, then our focus is skewed. And if our desire for money, success and power lead us to go against God’s Word, then that’s simply a conflict of interest.
2. Are you prideful, boastful and arrogant? Going to church is great, but when our attitude is contrary to how God wants us to behave, then we’re not emulating Christ in our demeanor. Christ is the Son of God. He IS God, and yet He was the most humble man who ever walked the earth. He was born in the most humble of places. He never wore grand robes or made his disciples carry Him around. He was the epitome of humility.
3. Do you look to the world for guidance? Maybe fashion trends or our friends guide us in the way that we dress or do our makeup or carry ourselves. Maybe television shows influence us in the way that we live our lives. Or maybe our desire to be popular or politically correct deters us from doing what is right in God’s eyes. Following Christ will not always be the popular way, but regardless, Christ and scripture should always be our ultimate guide.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. (1 John 2:15-16)
4. Do you pick and choose from scripture? Maybe we twist scripture to meet our agenda, taking this verse because it backs up our argument, but ignoring that one because it doesn’t. Scripture is not a bunch of verses that we can select from. It’s a complete lesson, and if something does not mesh with our lives, we need to evaluate and act accordingly in our own lives—not just ignore it, turn the page and hope no one will call us out on it.
For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
5. Is there selfishness to your charity? Christians are called to help others because it’s the right thing to do. It shows love to others. But when we do good for others just so we can feel good about ourselves, that’s an act of selfishness. If we are glad for the joy someone feels after the good that we’ve done, well, that’s a bonus. But we shouldn’t do a good thing because we want to feel better about ourselves. Additionally, we shouldn’t just give when it’s comfortable for us.
6. When you sin, are you remorseful for offending God or afraid of the consequences? No Christian is happy about sinning, but we really need to evaluate why that is. Are we sorry for disobeying God, or are we more concerned about the punishment or consequence of the sin? Are we afraid that our sins separate us from God, or are we fearful that they may keep us from entering the Kingdom of Heaven? Sin hinders our relationship with God. That should sadden us as it saddens Him. Fearing damnation is a selfish concern.
7. Are you uncomfortable discussing your faith with others? Christians are called to evangelize. But sometimes we don’t bother because it may offend others or annoy them. Maybe we just can’t be bothered. But God wants us to share His Word. It’s part of our vocation as Christians.
8. Do you only love those who love you back? This is easier to do than loving those who are truly unlovable, right? But what impact do we have on those who are lovable? As Christians, we are called to take the more difficult paths. This is what distinguishes the true Christians from those who are lukewarm.
9. Do you believe that Christians can love God too much? Maybe we’re afraid of becoming one of “those” Christians who don’t care about anything else but God. We don’t want to annoy people with our Christianity and we don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Maybe we believe that even with our faith, there should be some balance. But balance, when it comes to God, is just lukewarm.
10. Do you justify your strength of faith by comparing yourself with others? Rather than look at how God wants us to live, we look at how other Christians live. And if we can be better than them in our devotion, we think that’s good enough. But is it? And should other Christians really be our guide?
Ladies, lukewarm Christians are not followers who strive for perfection yet fall short. We all fall short. Lukewarm Christians are those who don’t follow through with their faith. They do the least they need to do in order to look like Christians, but not have to compromise their personal desires.
Are you a lukewarm Christian?
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