What does lukewarm mean? Lukewarm is, in simple terms, the state of being neither hot, nor cold. In Christianity, being lukewarm means that you call yourself a Christian, yet you don’t truly LIVE a Christian life. I mean really LIVE; the way Jesus wants you to. A vast majority of Christians, unfortunately, are lukewarm; they think to themselves “hey, I don’t sell drugs, I haven’t killed anybody and I’ve never robbed a bank; I’m doing pretty well!” Not so! An alarming group of verses by Jesus addresses this same problem:
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17)
Jesus realized that things like money, wealth, material things, can cause idolatry, thus creating a false sense of security. Furthermore, those things can and will take you down the wrong path if you let them go out of control. They can easily cause someone to turn to cheating, be a glutton, have arrogance, and the worst: selfishness.
But what do lukewarm Christians actually do? They go to church, probably, they give to charities, they don’t do all those things that the Bible says NOT to do, but they don’t always necessarily do the things that the Bible says DO, such as standing up for their religion, or sharing the gospel. More importantly, most don’t truly mature in Christ. Jesus talks about this in Luke 8:4-15
4While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:
5″A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up.
6Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.
7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.
8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
9His disciples asked him what this parable meant.
10He said, “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.’
11″This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
13Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
15But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Which one are you? The seed on the rock? The seed in the thorns?(this is what I would consider lukewarm being in) Or are you the seed on the good soil that is being allowed to flourish?
-take time out of your day to pray, even if it’s when you’re trying to fall asleep
-thank Him for all that he has blessed you with EVERY DAY, because He gave them to YOU!
-walk with the wise, get to know the elders at your church.
Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”
Thank you for reading the post! First one! However, I would like to give thanks to Maggie and Duffy Robbins for writing the book Enjoy the Silence, because that’s where I got Jesus’ parable from.
Update: LIVE RADICALLY
Just wanted everyone to look at this blog for some more info about how to really and truly find out if you are a lukewarm Christian http://thebiblethumperssoapbox.blogspot.com/2009/03/are-you-lukewarm-christan-take-this.html