Have you ever been to a church service or heard a message and thought it was just for you? 'It would totally have been fine for NO ONE else to have been here today because this message was designed for me to hear.' Listen to THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBhqrtMqrv8
So, I probably mentioned I am reading the book 'Crazy Love'. (or maybe I put that on Facebook, I forgot!) It is a book that challenges Christians to take the Bible seriously. It is also helping me realize that God's love is better than ANYTHING this life has to offer.
Of course, it takes me a while to read a book, I am on the fifth chapter. Chapter FOUR is the Profile of the Lukewarm. Pause.
One day last week, Brian texts me and says that he wants us to go over some awesome material that he has recently gotten. He doesn't tell me what it is. Just that he wants us to cover one topic every night, as a couples devotional time. So we started going through it Friday night, it is about the chapter I had just read in the 'Crazy Love' book. Pause.
This morning, we go into all-out battle with Carlisle to get her bathed, dressed, fed, in the car and to church. She was.... ummm....lets say....grumpy. We were not on time, but ALMOST. (that counts in my book, not so much to Bri-guy.) So we stagger into the Sunday School class after each of us takes one of the girls to their nursery. There is a video playing. I recognize the speaker. It's the author of the 'Crazy Love' book. Pause.
All three events, the book, the devotional, the speaker, have one thing in common. They have the EXACT same topic. SAME TOPIC....The topic???????????? Being a LUKEWARM Christian.
Ok God. You TOTALLY have my attention now. Sorry it took so much.
Lukewarm Christian? Big gulp. Convicted already. Sounds kind of like.....me.
Below is an exerpt from CHAPTER FOUR of 'Crazy Love'.
Lukewarm people give money to church ...as long as it doesn't impinge on their standard of living.
Here's what God's word says: 'As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 'I tell you the truth,' he said, 'this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on'.
Luke 21: 1-4
Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives.
Here's what God's word says: 'I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead" Revelations 3:1
Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don't genuinely hate sin and aren't truly sorry for it; they're merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don't really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one.
Here's what God's word says: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for "extreme" Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call "radical" what Jesus expected of all His followers.
Here's what God's word says: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22
Lukewarm people say that 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.
What do you think? If you think these don't apply, or you not even feeling as good as Lukewarm, email me. I've got to talk to you.
You can borrow my copy of the book. It has the full list of other Lukewarm qualities. Areas that are convicting me and drawing me toward this soveriegn God who loves me and wishes to pour out Crazy Love on ME!
Carlisle's First Date
Her sweet three year old anticipation of seeing her Daddy. 47, 48, 49, 50! 51, 52, ...
Brian wore a beautiful suit on the first day of spring with matching green tie.
She was nervious and giddy, he was excited.
She was late being ready, and he was looking at his watch.
Then Brian's favorite part of the evening.
Sharing a booth, sitting across from his one and only while she sipped on a milkshake.
And hearing her talk about why this night had been so incredibly special to her.