Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Moving From Lukewarm To On Fire













Am I more concerned with my own comfort or God's best for my life?


Even if that means going through hard, stressful times that I don't want to go through.

Do I crave my "stuff" more than I crave
God?

Am I more concerned with other people's opinions of me; not being seen as someone that has taken Christianity overboard, a Jesus freak, a radical. Instead of living and breathing for God? Living like His word is true an is my reality?  Am I a people pleaser?

I'm afraid so.

"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven" {Matt 10:32-33}

Am I  a social connossier? Someone that tries to do and say all the right things with my 'church' friends, and then in another way to be accepted by non-saved friends?  To not stand out or be different? To accept that 'just a little gossip is OK' or no one is perfect so why try to live according to God's standards all the time?

I go to church, I have 'good' kids, I'm not a bad person-there are much worse than me. I'm godly enough, I believe, so therefore I won't be going to hell. Right?

Is all of this good enough?
Is this what Jesus wants of me, how he really wants me to live, act, think?

God's been speaking to my heart for the last year about my lukewarmness. Trying to have God my way, and the 'culture' too.

I honestly haven't thought I was doing anything wrong. Just living my life, doing the best I can, praying, having quiet time, I talk to my kids about God and how much He loves them. This is all enough, right?

I'm doing all the right things. I'm good enough. I believe, that will get me in.

In Isaiah 29:13 it says"These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but heir hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is make up only  rules taught by men."

Do I go to church because 'that's what your supposed to do when your a Christian" or do I go because I love God and want to worship him.  Am I just going through the motions?

I have started reading Francis Chan's 'Crazy Love' and have been extremely convicted about these things in my life

"Luke warm people will serve God and others, but there are limits so how far they will go or how much time, money and energy they are willing to give." {Crazy Love by Francis Chan}


"Luke warm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for "extreme" Christians not average ones.  Lukewarm people call "radical" what Jesus expected of all His followers."{Crazy Love-Francis Chan}


Here's a quote that hit right between the eyes.
"Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion." {Crazy Love-Francis Chan}

Got hates lukewarmness. He wants our all or nothing. 

These are just a few things that I've taken from the book, trust me, I could list more.

I've witnessed lukewarm Christianity all my life and just assumed that was how it was.
You certainly don't want to be labeled as someone that is an overboard Christian or a radical. God forbid.  But this is exactly how we are called to live!!

I'm challenging myself, and my family to step and be radical. Regardless of what anyone says or thinks

 "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22

I want to be set on fire with a holy fire for God. I don't want to do the bare minimum anymore and just go through the motions.

I want to claim God's promise of a full life. And for me that means moving out of my comfort zone, loving  people that aren't going to benefit or do something for me in some way, giving when it hurts; when it's an actual sacrifice because that's what I'm called to do.

I would highly recommend Crazy Love to anyone that's ready to step up their faith and be willing to step out and live the way Jesus wants us to, the way we are called to.

He has nothing to do with people that come without sincere hearts he tells us as much in Luke 8 "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.


Will you take a leap of faith today? Dare to be radical?? Let's be rad together...sorry, couldn't help myself :))





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4 comments :

  1. I think lukewarmness is a condition many of us slip into when we're not careful. Thanks for this challenge!

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  2. I understand. I'm a recovering people pleaser myself. I recently studied the book of James and I think, "Man there is so much more that I don't do. Open my eyes, Lord, open them, and let me also be a flame, a light for others to see YOU."

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    1. Love that! Open my eyes..
      Only when they are opened can we truly see what breaks his heart, and reach out to people and be like Jesus with skin on.

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  3. I agree, our pride gets in the way and blinds us to the little ways we slip. And before we know it we're in a pit wondering how in the world did we get here.

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