Ifs, Ands, & Buts: Living for God
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me — gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
REVELATION 3:15–20 NEW LIVING TRANSLATION (NLT)
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
THINK OF SOMEONE WITH “HOT” FAITH. WHAT SETS THEM APART IN YOUR MIND?
DO YOU LIVE FOR THE APPROVAL OF PEOPLE OR FROM THE APPROVAL OF GOD? HOW CAN YOU CENTER YOUR LIFE ON GOD’S PERSPECTIVE?
LUKEWARM IS A SUPER COMFY TEMPERATURE, HOW COMFORTABLE IS YOUR FAITH? WHAT WOULD TURN UP THE HEAT?
DO YOU FIND YOURSELF MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT GOD HAS OR WHAT GOD WANTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS FOR YOUR LIFE?
- CRAVE ACCEPTANCE FROM PEOPLE MORE THAN ACCEPTANCE FROM GOD.
- RARELY SHARE THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST.
- RATIONALIZE SIN.
- THINK MORE ABOUT LIFE ON EARTH THAN ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
- ONLY TURN TO GOD WHEN THEY NEED SOMETHING.
- THEY GIVE WHENEVER IT’S CONVENIENT.
- THEY ARE NOT MUCH DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD.