Don't be a lukewarm Christian. That is the message for today. I too did not think about the extent of my passion for Christ until I heard Pastor Francis Chan speak and started reading his book, Crazy Love. That is why today, I would like to pass onto to you some passages from that book that really grabbed my heart.
"Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a part. They give Him a section of their time, their money, and their thoughts, but He isn't allowed to control their lives."
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21)
"Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today's to-do-list, this week's schedule, and next month's vacation. Rarely, if ever, do they intently consider the life to come. Regarding this, C.S. Lewis writes, "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." (Chan 2008:75)
"For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And, we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Phil. 3: 18-20 )
"Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or life in America. Just as the prophets in the Old Testament warned Israel that they were not safe just because they lived in the land of Israel, so we are not safe just because we wear the label Christian or because some people persist in calling us a 'Christian nation'." (Chan 2008:78."
How to not be Lukewarm??? Do the will of the Father... let Him be in control and sing Praise to Him for His control. For some, that sounds like individual responsibility for ones actions/job/daily living costs should not be taken seriously. On the contrary, if you let God the Father control your life, you will find yourself on the best track for living in this fallen world.