A lukewarm Christian is someone who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ but does not live in the way that God calls us to live. They live as everyone else who is of the world and unsaved. Differently than unbelievers, Lukewarm Christians do things falsely in the “name of Jesus,” so that, It appears as though they are actually followers of Jesus Christ.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
They might attend church regularly but they live by their own standards and rarely apply what they learn from church. Attending church for them is not about gaining salvation or a personal relationship with God for the lukewarm Christian. It’s about giving to God what is convenient but still letting the flesh lead them. This type of believer does not have their mind made-up as to who they serve. Mostly this type of believer serves the world, but God on Sunday mornings.
He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
I pray that this examination of lukewarm Christians does not come across as a tool to judge others. Rather my prayer is that it is used as a tool for self-examination. Salvation is the most important thing that we can ever hope to gain.
If you find that you have characteristic of a lukewarm Christian, my prayer is that you get on your knees and keep praying for the spirit or God to make you a fully new creation. Pray that you are truly more like Christ everyday and less like yourself. Pray that not only can you see and feel the difference but that the world can see it too. I pray that people be drawn to you because they see something unique in you and in learning about what sets you apart they learn about Jesus Christ in a positive light and not under a cloud of hypercritical actions like so many allow.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
When we live as lukewarm Christians we do harm to the body of Christ. The nonbelievers watch the Christians and waits for us to mess up, and when we do they will quickly throw it in our faces. This makes them feel better about there sin but more importantly this causes the nonbelievers to put even more distance between them and God.
The fact of the matter is this: Christians really do need to protect the name of Christ. We need to be concerned about appearances.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
Questions you can ask yourself to see where you need to put in the work so you are not operating like a luckwarm christian. Rather you are operating as a full believer, one that is passionately in love with God.
1. Why do you attend church?
Are you there to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ? Are you there to be of service to God by being an active member of the body of Christ? Are you there to get closer to your fellow believer? These would all be great reasons to attend church.
You should also ask yourself, “is there any difference in me since my first day at church and now?”Are the fruits that I’m producing any different? Are my priority’s different than they were when i started this journey of following Jesus Christ?
If we are to be set apart we need to be vigilant in all that we do. Being a true believer in Christ takes hard work and lots of change. One cannot truly follow Christ and stay the same. If you are not seeing gradual changes in every aspect of you life then something is wrong.
This is when i would truthfully re-examine things such as your prayer life, this is your one on one time with God. Re-examine your scripture reading time, your daily reading consumption of the word of God. I would also suggest re-examining your life as well.
This includes things such as friends/family, entertainment content of every kind, how you spend your down time, what owns you (God or stuff)?This one is harder than the first two things but it is extremely necessary in your walk with Christ.These are just a few scenarios that you will be faced with.
The genuine believe is also excited to be at church. They do not have to be drug there week after week.
The lukewarm Christian
Church was never meant to be a place for social gatherings or a place to build onto your social status and appearance.
A lot of people treat Church like it’s a social function like a weekly soccer game or a family outing. All the while never knowing or realizing why they are actually attending church. Then, because they Don’t realize the true purpose of church.. They are never actually seeing any benefit from going.
They do not focus there time on learning about what the word says or take advantage of the chance to develope a closer relationship with God himself.
We need to make sure that we are not living like lukewarm christians. This can do so much damage to the kingdom of God.
Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters
If we live as true believers and not just lukewarm Christians we will be able to truly show the world what the love and character of Jesus Christ is really like instead of scattering because of our hypocritical behavior.
2. Has your life changed since you started following Christ?
Is your life constantly changing since you began your walk with Christ? One cannot truly follow Christ and stay the same. This happens because we are baptized and reborn. This means we become a new creation. When we are born again and receive the gift of the holy spirit we began to be sanctified. This is a process of purification. Believers are to throw off everything that hinders their walk with God and persevere towards him. These are things that must absolutely be part of your Christian walk if it is genuine.
The process of sanctification takes deliberate work and effort on our part. If you are not changing anything that is ungodly in you life. It might be because you need to gain a stronger prayer and scripture reading routine. Then put more effort into changing the ungodly around you. Then transformation really does grab us and it is beautiful.
3. Are you sensitive to sin in your life?
Have you changed what you allow into your life? Either directly or indirectly? When we are lukewarm christians we go to church and we believe but it is only the belief of an infant Christian.
When we transform into a true followed of Jesus Christ we become sensitive to sin all around us and no longer are blind to things that are ungodly and do us harm.
One example that may seem small, but isn’t at all, is watching movies and shows full of things such as sex and violence. The bible says we need to glorify God in all that we do.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
So how is watching sin glorifying him when he hates sin? Brothers and Sisters this is such a sneaky tool the enemy uses to steal our time while simultaneously he desensitizes us to sin. He gets us use to things like bad language, sex and violence. They then slowly start to become part of our social norm. He is clever like that and we just hand him our salvation.
The lukewarm Christian will not notice this yet, a true follower will be vigilant in sanctification and start to pull away from these things.
4. Do you have a prayer life that is full of repentance and confession
A lukewarm Christians prayer life is usually marked by prayers centered around “me”. These types of prayers are usually asking God for things to help oneself.
When your walk with God starts to transform and become more about him and less about us,we start asking for our heavenly father to use us in service for his kingdom.
Our prayer life will become full of thanks, repentance and confession. Then because of that two way honest communication, our bond with our heavenly father will transform. Then we will begin to ask for God’s will be done.
If we have a strong prayer life with honest one on one prayer with our heavenly father along with an increasing desire to read the word of God we will see the desires of our heart start to change. If we are not doing these two things how can we expect anything to change?
If we are deliberate about our sanctification we will see ourself truly become a new creation with Jesus Christ as the light shining through us. We will feel it and the world will see it.
Again, please brother’s and sister’s let’s use this as a tool to help us examine ourselves and grow nearer to God. Let’s not use it as a tool to judge others because that will definitely put distance between us and him.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Our heavenly father wants us to do better and encourage one another. Not cause division amongst one another. Please lets operate in peace and love. Corinthians 16:14: Do everything in love. I invite you to join me in making each of these truths your prayer as you grow more into the image of Christ. I will be adding to this post in my next couple of writing. I hope and pray we meet there. God bless you all!