Spiritual CVs

November15

Read Revelation 3:14-21, the letter to the luke-warm Church.  I know reading Revelation is hard-going but stick with it.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; if you don’t read the Word for yourself you will stunt your spiritual growth.

Luke-warm love makes God gag. The Church of Laodicea is a perfect example of this.  Here’s the jist of it, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV). Just incase it hasn’t sunk in here it is in the Message, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking… You’re not cold; you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit” (Revelation 3:15-17). Here’s how to get yourself out of this pickle. Pick the winning side and stick with it. Love for God should be absolute; it was never intended to be anything less.

Ask yourself?

Is your love luke-warm?  Open your Bible and allow it to open your eyes if you’ve turned cold. Write down what God expects of us as Christians.  When you’ve done that, write down what you are as a Christian.  Do you measure up?  In what ways are you lacking?  I know it hurts but it has to be done. We should be on fire for God, the words stone-cold and Christian shouldn’t go together!

Listen up, if you ‘love’ God with half a heart, don’t be surprised if He doesn’t own up to knowing you on Judgement Day. It may be hard hearing but it may be what you have to repent of. In Matthew 7 Jesus spells out salvation, before going on to talk about fruitless false prophets. Here’s what comes next, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21 NKJV). Did you catch that? If there isn’t any fruit to your faith and your love is luke-warm you have some serious confessing to do. Jesus doesn’t stop there. This is what He has to say to the lukewarm, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23 NKJV). These are the last words I could wish on anyone.  When you meet Jesus face-to-face, will these be the last words you ever hear?

The thing is, these people who Jesus was targeting looked like they loved God. On the outside they appeared to be faultless; on the inside they were flawed. On the outside they acted like they were on fire for God, but on the inside they were anything but. Their problem was that they had ‘spiritual CVs’ that appeared to be perfect. I have to be careful with this; I have the most Christian CV I have ever come across.  Even though I can rhyme off a crazy amount of service that I’ve been involved in, I have to make sure it isn’t a substitute.  I have to take care that my inner-self matches up with my service.  Can you relate to this?

Let’s have another look at Matthew 7:22 (NKJV) and see if we can spot any ‘accomplishments‘, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” Casting out evil spirits, praying for miracles and prophesying all have their place, but if you’re without God you’re really going against Him. Be warned, although obeying His commands, fasting, and praying in public are a follow-on from a real relationship with Jesus, they aren’t a substitute.

Think upon these things…

If there isn’t any fruit to your faith you’ve got some serious confessing to do.  Why don’t you spend some time in prayer confessing your sins?  Or if you’d rather write God a letter of apology go for it.

Heart-cry…

Lord, if my love is ever luke-warm wake me up to it, I want to be on fire for You!  Show me my sins, show me if my service isn’t what it should be…

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