A couple weeks ago I did a message in our Practical Atheist series from Revelation 3 where Jesus called the church at Laodicea “lukewarm”.  Like many of us who claim to follow Christ, they were content because most of them had a certain level of wealth, nice clothing and medical care.  In light of this, they didn’t think much about God.  They wouldn’t have said it, but their attitudes showed they didn’t really think they needed God.   Yes, they did some religious works: Jesus knew their “deeds” but they missed Jesus & His heart.

Being lukewarm isn’t an issue of how many things you do or don’t do for God.  It’s not about a checklist of do’s & don’ts.   I believe it’s more about the attitude of your heart and the depth of the relationship you have with Jesus.   If your heart burns with passion for Christ, if your relationship is intimate & growing, you’ll do things “for” Him out of that relationship.  If I’m going to be a Christ Follower, it means I actually follow His example.  I fall way short, but I need to have His character and need to love, serve, share, care, risk, and walk like He did (1 John 2:6).

Things I need to consider if I’m following and not lukewarm could be included in the following:  Mt 4:19,  Mt 10:38, Luke 5:27-28, John 10:27, John 12:26, John 21:22, 1 Cor. 11:1, 1 Peter 2:21.   Just some random thoughts.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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