Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Are You Hot or Just Lukewarm?

How does the word "lukewarm" make you feel?  What things come to your mind?  Lukewarm coffee?  Nasty.  Lukewarm water in your shower?  Terrible!  Lukewarm attitude to something?  You are probably not too interested in it. 

On Sunday, our pastor preached on Christians being lukewarm in their faith.  In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus tells to the people of the Laodicea church, "15 I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." Quite graphic, but He gets the point across: being lukewarm in faith is not pleasing to Him.  God should be first in every Christian's life. 

A lot of Christians go to church only 50-60% of the time, and they feel that it is enough.  What if they went to work only 60% of the time?  Would they still be working there?  How about your kids missing 40% of school?  Would they still be in school?  They would fail, and that would be unacceptable.  Yet, failing to attend church seems to be okay.  The same goes about general, unspecific prayers, not confessing your faith in public, and not reading Scriptures.  As long as we go to church once in a while, listen to the preacher, and bow down in a silent prayer, we are good to go. 

When I started thinking about it a little further, I realized how being lukewarm with family and at work can also be disastrous.  Imagine this: I do not kiss my husband, we do not have dinner together, and I do not take care of myself (which means, my husband is deployed! Just kidding.)  How would it affect our relationship? I do cook for him, I clean the house, and I go out with him to see our friends.  Is going through the motions enough?  When I am not passionate about our marriage anymore, my lukewarm attitude slowly poisons our love.  However, if Christ is in the center of our marriage, we share unconditional love and make effort to express our love to each other even when we do not feel like it. 

What about work?  Are you dreading Mondays and cannot wait for Fridays to come?  How does it feel to live only on weekends?  Are you growing professionally and enjoying your job?  A lot of people hate their jobs, but they do not do anything about it because of either fear to lose income, laziness, or unwillingness to change.  You are spending majority of your time at work, so you might as well enjoy it!  Being lukewarm at your job means wasting time, degrading, and aging quicker.  Not good.  However, being passionate about what you do brings joy to your life.  We were all made for a purpose, and when you are not loving your job, it should be a good sign that you are in a wrong place.  Making change is difficult, but it is worth it. 

So, the key to a wonderful life is being "hot," or passionate, about God, family, and work.  Bad times are definitely stressful, but keeping focus on what is important will help you to go through anything.  I strongly believe it, and that is what keeps me going day in and day out, while my beloved husband is far, far away. 

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