Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. Since you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth.
Revelation 3:15-16 (ISV)
God loves zeal, passion, and exuberance. In the Book of Revelation, Christ speaks directly on the subject of passion, as He judges each of us. Are we on fire for God, for truth, for righteousness? Are we in hot pursuit of our calling, our gifts, our faith?
Has our 'Zeal has stirred up the majority?' (2 Corinthians 9:2)
Or, are we quiet Christians leading quiet lives? Do we absent-mindedly hear God's Word once a week in church, if then? Do we have one foot in the good walk and the other in bad habits? Do we speak the Word, but don't feel it? Do we neglect the gifts God put within us?
'Therefore be zealous and repent' (Revelation 3:19). God forbid that we are lukewarm.
Better to be cold. We might be atheist, agnostic, or a confirmed and ungodly sinner. Even like Paul, the condemner of Christians. Then, we would be cold. We would not know Jesus. Better not to know Jesus than to meet Him and turn lukewarm.
Better to make no commitment than a halfhearted commitment. If you didn't know Jesus at all, you might have been me for 51 years; I thank God for my own 'Come to Jesus' meeting.
God blesses the Pauls and the Peters: those who jump out of the boat, hang out of a basket, or try to walk on water; those who speak up and stand out. Even if they say the wrong thing on occasion, they are marked for God's promotion; they become leaders of men.
Actors, models and talent for Christ are blessed by exuberant determination.