Ice cubes, lukewarm, or hot coals?
If you were to ask me what the greatest thing I dislike is, I would most likely quickly answer you, lukewarm Christianity! Because lukewarm christians neither hate God nor are they “on fire “ for him. So they are in a stale chip state.
Or should we call it a sleeping mode ?Many want the benefits of being a Christian, but they want what the world has to offer as well, in my opinion those two things don’t mix!
I think this is one thing that Christ hates most as well!
Lets look at what he says about these kind of people in Revelation 3:15-16. He says “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot, I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth .” I’m sure that we have all had an upset stomach before, where you end up spewing something from your mouth !!
Well, Jesus says that lukewarm Christians make him so sick that he spews them out of his mouth! That tells me that he very much dislikes them as well.
Even though I greatly dislike lukewarm Christianity, I have to admit that, all to often I catch myself In this state. As I’m sure that we all do.
Sadly enough, I see a lot of Christians today “sitting on the fence” of indecision, and oh how sad it is!
On one side of the fence they see a brown, dry, ugly, pasture with skinny, bedraggled sheep, and Satan himself is there shepherd.
But that great deceiver has a way of making his pasture look rosy and fun. This pasture is so easy to enter , you can do what you want, look at anything, listen to anything, touch anything, smell anything, think anything you want to. Sadly enough many decide to choose this pasture.
And on the other side of the fence they see a beautiful dark green pasture, with a beautiful, cool, clean, babbling brook where they may refresh they’re thirsty souls. And in this pasture the sheep are so oddly, different they are so content and they look so healthy! In this pasture Jesus is they’re shepherd, he is such a loving, and kind leader, the only thing is, they must give themselves completely to him, they must surrender they’re everything to him, and do this willingly. And to most, this is just to hard. But this loving shepherd gave his life for his sheep so that this might be possible, And he has provided a stream to refresh the weary, and it is full of wonderful promises to encourage them on to an even better more glorious land. He says in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they Which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled .” but they must give up there whole heart to there shepherd before they can become “filled”, though they don’t realize it, this is for there own best good.
Mrs. White asks us this question, “But what do we give up, when we give all? A sin polluted heart, for Jesus to purify, to cleanse by his own blood, and to save by his matchless love. And yet men think it hard to give up all!
I am ashamed to hear it spoken of, ashamed to write it. God does not require us to give up anything that is for our best interest to retain. In all that He does, He has the well- being of his children in view. Would that all who have not chosen Christ might realize that He has something vastly better to offer them than they are seeking for themselves. Man is doing the greatest injury and injustice to his own soul when he thinks and acts contrary to the will of God. No real joy can be found in the path forbidden by Him who knows what is best and plans for the good of his creatures.” Steps To Christ pg46
What a gift to give to our dear shepherd! A dirty rotten heart!! But, surprisingly enough that is all He asks of us! Isn’t that amazing! Are we really truly consecrated to Christ? I mean REALLY ? Let us look at it in this way, what if your car made It only 50% of the way to your destination? What if the airplane you were flying made it only 50% to the runway? What about if you only got50% of your pay check? What about if your computer worked only half of the time? If we only give half of ourselves to the Lord I tell you that we are giving none of ourselves! What if your friend got a gift for you, and tore it in half, and gave you only half of the gift, you wouldn’t want it would you? It would be completely worthless to you! So is it when we only give half of ourselves to our shepherd.
But to keep this walk with God it takes a commitment on our part. We must be continually on the watch, lest we slip into temptation.
So, how do you stay in this “green pasture” I can hear you ask. How can we stop running for the fence, when we hit a low point in our Christian experience? Or when wolves seek to devour us?
Mrs. White says, “Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, o Lord, as wholly thine. I lay all my plans at thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.” Steps To Christ pg70
If we become true friends of Christ, we will want to never leave Him ever again, so as we spend more time with Him we will become more and more like our dear shepherd!
Will you unite with me as I strive to never again go running for the fence, or being like a stale chip! But give him 100% of my heart, in EVERY matter of my life? By Gods grace may we be on fire for the Lord, and through him working through us, may we bring many more sheep into His pasture!
Written by, Cortney R Johnson.