Revelation 3:16 (NKJV) “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
When I frequent my favorite coffee place, I know that there are two ways for me to quench my caffeine thirst — iced or steaming hot.
Whatever way I choose, if they give me my order lukewarm, I’m taking it back. In our life’s journey, God sees that there are really only two ways to treat the gift of Jesus Christ — total surrender or rejection.
Unfortunately, there is a secular push of “lukewarmness” that has surreptitiously crept into the church which says it is OK to “practice sin.” Persons who subscribe to this thinking believe that the love of Christ extends to maintaining all the behaviors of the world that they supposedly vowed to leave when they accepted Him as Savior.
This deceiving spirit tempts people to believe that they can have Christ and yet continue drinking and cursing — be married but still have someone “on the side” — or have God’s favor while treating people with contempt because they are poor.
The burning presence of God in the life of the Believer should ultimately work to consume sinful habits and lifestyles. It may take some time to put the bottle down, discontinue the sexually promiscuous lifestyle or to stop saying the four-letter words.
Yet, if we continue in the Word of God and steadfastly in prayer, God will fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit. His Spirit will empower us to overcome the snares of sin. (Jude 1:24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, ....”)
It is one thing under the power of Christ and through the exercise of spiritual discipline to gradually overcome a sinful habit. (Philippians 2:12(b) “Therefore, my beloved ... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;”. It is another mindset altogether to believe that we can have Christ and also willfully hold onto the sin for which He gave his life to set us free.
With Christ there are just two choices. Are you hot or cold? (James 4:4 “Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever chooses to be a friend of the world renders himself an enemy of God.”)
Andrae P. Crismon Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center in Murfreesboro. He is also the author of “Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal”. For more information about booking Andrae, go to andraecrismon.org.