God is Giving us a Chance to Repent of Our Lukewarmness
Many people believe that their spiritual life is just something that they can take for granted or they just don't have the time to be bothered with it much. They think that going to a church now and then and being a decent citizen is more than adequate as far as their spiritual life is concerned. Many people tend to think that life is primarily about "getting ahead" in their personal careers/educations, finances, accumulation of material possessions, personal ambitions, goals, and other personal priorities.
However, the Bible teaches very differently about how we should view our spiritual life and our personal life. The Bible tells us that God is not to be viewed in our life as just something we get to when we find a spare minute. The Bible teaches that God is not to be a mere "something" in our lives, but He is to be EVERYTHING in our lives since we are commanded to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. This actually makes a lot of sense since everything we work for in this life simply fades away into nothingness, but the things of God are eternal and last forever! God does not want us to waste our time on obsessing about this life and the world which passes away, in fact, God says that if we love this world (obsess our thoughts and lives toward things like our appearance, careers, financial gain, hobbies, pleasures, personal goals, or even our family) then the love of God is not even in us!
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world.
the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." (1 John 2:15-17)
People who have this lack of true devotion toward God are called LUKEWARM in the Bible. Lukewarmness is a terrible sin against God because it means that there are IDOLS that we hold in our heart that we esteem with stronger love and devotion than we do the things of God. If we honestly examine our lives and we find that we dwell our minds on personal ambitions, pleasures, hobbies, possessions, making money, sports, our cell phone, friends, family etc. over really dwelling on serving the wondrous God of all creation, then we have made an IDOL in our heart and we are NOT right with God and need to repent of this walk of sin.
Wonderfully, God in His grace is still mercifully reaching out to each and every one of us and giving us the opportunity to repent of our idols and lukewarmness towards Him and offering for us to get right with Him if we've never been His child or if we have backslidden/fallen away from Him. God's merciful opportunities will not last forever though, and if we put off repenting we may find ourselves before the Judgment Seat of Christ one day. Once this time occurs it will be too late to repent and we will be without any hope since we perpetually ignored the Lord's calling and decided to continue on our own path. This path was not the narrow road that few people take which follows the Lord but was the wide path which most people take that turns their backs on the Lord. At that time many will plead and cry out "Lord, Lord, have mercy on our souls!", but the Lord will answer "DEPART from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:21-23)
I pray with all of my heart that none of us choose to let this be our eternal fate. If we continue to turn our backs on God, He is not able to do for us as He wants. What he wants to do more than anything for us is to forgive us, wash us clean of our sins, give us new born-again hearts that live first and foremost for Him, and give us the wondrous free gift of salvation through the precious cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus which leads to eternal life! If we continue to reject His call to repentance and continue in serving ourselves and our sins instead of following the Lord, it means we have chosen the wide path of destruction which separates us from God for all time. The Bible teaches that those people will deeply regret their decision to turn away from God's truths to instead take pleasure in unrighteousness because they will have to live in a place after death which will be full of pain and darkness where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth out of deep tormenting regret.
But there is still time to get right with God! He is reaching out and calling you to come home to Him today! Simply repent by turning away from all that separates you from the love of God and He will come into your heart and wash you clean. There is still time to turn fully away from being lukewarm toward God and instead become on fire/hot in our devotion and zealous service for the Lord!
There is a wonderful web page which teaches thoroughly about what it means to be "lukewarm" toward God and how to test ourselves to make sure that we are NOT living in lukewarmness toward the Lord, but want to live for Him with our whole hearts. PLEASE test yourself concerning lukewarmness, and you can find this test and other helpful information pertaining to this issue on the following link from so4j.com (Sold Out For Jesus).
PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK TO TEST IF YOU ARE LUKEWARM TOWARD GOD OR NOT:
God bless you and let us all make sure that we are ready and waiting to meet the wondrous Lord over all creation! How exciting it will be when we soon leave this dying earth and live forever with our glorious King!
Article was written by F. A. Butler