What’s the Difference

As I logged onto Facebook this morning, I had a notification of my "memories." If you don't have Facebook (get with the times, you need one lol) I'll explain. Each day, Facebook sends a reminder of what you posted on that date last year, and in the years prior. So as I'm scrolling through memories, I came across a post I shared 4 years ago from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan.

It's a book I've studied 3 times now. You'd think after studying it multiple times, I'd have it all under control right? Unfortunately, that's not the case though.

There is one chapter in particular that always steps on my toes, and it's about being lukewarm. The way the book explains lukewarmness makes me realize most days, I am. Let me show you what I mean. Here's the post I shared 4 years ago…

My life is extremely structured. It's routine. It's planned out. I don't have to depend on God like I should, because I depend on myself. I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I have a feeling I'm not. There's no trusting that God will provide my next meal or that I'll be safe because I've stepped out of my comfort zone. I know there is food in my pantry, and I tend to stay in my bubble. So why would my faith require me to step out? The problem is, that's exactly what faith is meant to do.

The sad reality is that if we suddenly stopped believing in God, a lot of our lives wouldn't look any different. We would walk through life living in our bubbles, structuring our lives the way we have in the past, and no one would ever know that we did or didn't believe in God.

I've been doing a bible study with a group of youth girls, and we've been doing a series on different personality types and how we hide behind things in our lives instead of trusting God. The last lesson we had was centered on a personality they call "The Heroine." Who is a person who makes things happen, worries about other people first, and doesn't like to sit back and watch. You know, what society would call, "The Strong One."

As I was describing and discussing this particular personality, I realized it's me. I don't like feeling weak, I'm not a follower, I like to lead and make decisions, but how is that at all trusting God in my life? It's not.

I don't give until my account is empty. I don't pray for God's Will for things in my life. I give what's convenient or comfortable. I pray for what I want to happen in my life. And it makes me wonder, am I living a lukewarm life? Would people notice if my faith was gone? Or would it still look exactly the same?

Jesus said this:

“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.”

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:15-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Are you stepping out in your faith and showing others that your life IS different because of God, or do you look like everyone else?

I want to be kept close to God, and know His love and protection is there for me. The words of Jesus, saying "I spit you out of my mouth," should make us fearful. Living lukewarm means we are living a life of complacency and lack of faith, and God wants people who live boldly and step out in faith to trust Him.

I don't want to be lukewarm. Do you?


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