Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:13-16)
Years ago someone described me as a “spigot.” I was a very young Christian at the time, but the analogy seemed appropriate as they further explained that instead of “hot & cold,” out of me could flow spiritual “good or evil.” My wife and I have discussed this comparison several times over the years and it always seemed appropriate. For the sake of time and simplicity, Chad… BC (before Christ), was a very bad (evil) person. There may be some people who I knew back then that would not agree with that last statement, they however were merely fooled by my deception.
The spigot seems to be a good metaphor for spiritual life in general for all of us. Each of us has the ability to seemingly turn on more of either the hot or cold at different times of our life. I fear however that in doing this many of us spend most of our time in a perpetual state of “lukewarmness.” Jesus address this matter as follows, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16) Obviously, lukewarm is really not the temperature we want to be.
If we want to remain “hot” for God we must have a purpose, vision, and opportunities to serve him. Romans 12:11 instructs us, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Zeal is defined as “a strong feeling of interest and enthusiasm that makes someone very eager or determined to do something.” Are you “eager” to serve? What is your contribution to God’s Kingdom each day? Are you only focused on what God can do for you or your immediate loved ones?
Hopefully the previous questions do not seem too harsh. I posed them as they are the questions that have been on my heart recently regarding myself. Lukewarm water is nasty! Left stagnant it is a breeding ground for all kinds of disgusting stuff. How are you serving God? Is there truly anything better than serving God? Knowing that at any given moment you are exactly where He wants you to be is the most amazing feeling in the world, generally because this is when you are most likely to feel His presence and hear His voice.
I previously mentioned that If we desire to remain “hot” for God we must serve Him. If we are not constantly mindful, sin has a ridiculously strong ability to seep in and turn us “lukewarm” without us even noticing. Have a reason and a purpose for continually pressing in towards God. Have men in your life that can hold you accountable. Next time… think of how your actions may impact your wife, kids, others, yourself. Who may miss out on the opportunity to have the joy of Jesus in their life, presently and in the hereafter?
Who will notice or what will suffer if you fail to prevent yourself from becoming lukewarm? If you can’t think of many things or people… (sorry, but you are likely already lukewarm.) We don’t want to be this type of person. Timothy warned us about this kind of person in 2nd Timothy 3:5, “Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” May we always “in our hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1st Peter 3:15) PRESS IN BROTHERS… Blessed is Best
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