Lukewarm

Han and Tauntaun

What temperature is it inside a Tauntaun? ‘Luke’warm! Hyuk hyuk hyuk!

Now that I got that bad geeky joke out of the way, I can get to the point. Most Bible reading Christians probably look at the title of this article (Lukewarm), and recall seeing verses that talk about being cold or hot.

The verses you are most likely thinking about are found in Revelation. In part of Revelation we hear about seven stars that are the angels of the seven churches, and seven lampstands that are the seven churches. One of those churches is Laodicea. In that part of Revelation are the verses about lukewarm that you are probably thinking of.

This article isn’t going to study Revelation very much, but I highly encourage you to do so in your small groups, Bible studies, personal time, churches, book reading, prayer time etc. What this article will discuss (using several other verses), is some things we might consider when keeping ourselves from becoming lukewarm.

Note: This article is a lot shorter than many Gamerfaith articles, so (as always) I encourage you to read the associated chapters in full context.

What is Lukewarm?

Goldilocks had it all wrong when she tried the different types of porridge at the three bears house (after breaking and entering). It turns out, being lukewarm is far from a good thing.

Cold is an extreme, and so is hot. If we take a shower on full heat we are bound to get reddened skin and a steamed up bathroom. If we only used the cold water, the shower would be extremely chilly (that’s what it’s like to chew 5 gum). These are two extremes.

Still confused about what Goldilocks, showers, and Luke Skywalker have to do with your life? The key is the extremes. If we claim to be Christians then we need to live like it, all the way. Don’t live as a half Christ follower, half world follower. It doesn’t work.

Being lukewarm will probably feel comfortable. You may never truly commit yourself to God, but still hold on to your faith as a form of afterlife insurance. This isn’t what it means to be a Christ follower. For more on that check out the beginning of Romans 6, or for even more great stuff read all of Romans 6… or just read the whole book of Romans to get the entire context of the book!

1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)

 Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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A lukewarm person may

  • Claim to be a Christian, but parties every weekend
  • Claim to be born again, but watches the same shows as the atheist next door
  • Claim to know God, but never spends any time reading the Bible
  • Claim to love Jesus, but doesn’t practice what Jesus taught
  • Claim to believe in God, but doesn’t believe in God’s miracles
  • Claim to love others, but never shows God’s love through his/her lifestyle
  • Claim to love God, but never speaks to Him

Some things just don’t mix well (like fish-sticks and custard). We don’t want to be a mixing pot of popular music videos, drinking games, and Bible breakfast club. (That list of things it probably sounded wrong. Probably because those things obviously don’t belong together.)

One-Hundred Percent

Tauntaun sleeping bag

Yes, this exists…

Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV)

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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Samwise Gamgee didn’t run home after saying, “One more step and I’ll be the farthest from home I’ve ever been…” He kept going beyond the fellowship scattering, beyond Frodo telling him to “go home” (after being tricked by Gollum), and beyond the peak of Mount Doom. He had a mission, and so do we.

God didn’t do things halfway, and then quit. Jesus didn’t take his ministry halfway, and quit when it was at its most difficult stage. We shouldn’t have a “meh” attitude about our own pilgrimage either.

Look to Jesus as a role model. Jesus taught us a great deal through His ministry. Jesus also took the cross all the way. It isn’t about taking it as far as possible without leaving our comfort zone. It is about taking up our crosses, and persistently pressing forward.

Luke 9:23-27 (ESV)

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

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From Milk to Solids

Milk

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (ESV)

But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.

I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,

for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?

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When you aren’t an infant anymore, it’s time to start eating real food. In our Christian walk we should be taking steps. When you study your Bible you should be applying yourself and learning new things. When you live your life, you should be striving to live in the will of God. If you are diligent, you are bound to discover more amazing things.

Don’t be petrified into staying in the same place your whole life. Pray to God when you are scared, and take steps forward in faith when you need to. Other times we need to just stop being lazy. It takes work to understand God better, but that work is worth it (and it is exciting)!

I know from experience that there are a lot of flashy traps in this world that keep us separated from God. We can become so overtaken with careers, relationships, sports, games, and movies that we forget what it’s all about. All of those things can be good things, but are likely to become bad things if we aren’t careful.

If you want to know more about Jesus click here. If you feel like you need to start living for Him in a fuller way, start making some life changes (try reading your Bible more, praying, having fellowship with other believers, spending time wisely, or joining a Bible study)!

Praying for you guys!

-Caleb

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