|Making Jesus Sick - #8298|
|A Life That Matters - Radio Program|
Monday, June 22, 2009
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When you drive as many miles as we do, those little surprises out the window spice up the trip a bit; like the two municipal water tanks we saw as we sailed by a town on the Interstate recently. Usually those water tanks have the name of the town on them. Well, not these. One word on each tank: one said “Hot,” the other said “Cold.” There was no third tank.
I’m Ron Hutchcraft, and my mind wandered immediately to something disturbing that Jesus said about an active group of Christians years ago: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16 ). There’s only two temperatures as far as Jesus is concerned–hot and cold. Obviously, lukewarm makes Him sick. And there’s plenty of lukewarm among His people today as there was 2,000 years ago—a sickening mediocrity.
I even think it’s sickening for the people who are living that mediocrity; believing all the beliefs, going to all the meetings, doing what’s expected of them but so routine and unfulfilling and empty and dull—settling for a safe, predictable, go-to-meetin’ Christianity. It’s no wonder so many of our kids leave it behind; there’s nothing there to capture their heart and nothing to hold them close. We can have a faith that’s good enough for people but repulsive to Jesus, busy but barren.
If you’re tired of spiritual business as usual, tell Jesus that and cry out to Him for something more than this lukewarm rut. It’s making you both sick!
This radio program references: Revelation 3:15-16