I mentioned recently that I’ve been rereading Francis Chan’s “Crazy Love”. It’s incredible all the little things you can find when you read through a great book a second time.
Chapter 2 of Crazy Love is called “Serving Leftovers To A Holy God.” In this section he breaks down the idea of a lukewarm Christian and basically says “There’s no such thing.” As Jesus said, “I’m going to spit that person out of my mouth because that person is not a true follower of mine.”(Revelation 3)
So this whole idea of being a lukewarm Christian is really an oxymoron.
We all have plenty of things in our lives that we don’t think truly affect our Christian walk. Chan makes a good point on that here:
“Recently I saw a bag of potato chips with a bold declaration splashed across the front: “Zero grams of trans fat.” I was glad to know that I wouldn’t be consuming any trans fat, which research has shown is detrimental to my health. But then I flipped the bag over and read the ingredients list, which included things like “yellow #6” and other artificial colors, and partially hydrogenated oil (which is trans fat , just a small enough amount that they can legally call it “0 grams”). I thought it was incredibly ironic that these chips were being advertised in a way that makes me think they are not harmful yet were really full of empty calories, weird chemicals, and, ironically, trans fat.
It struck me that many Christians flash around their “no trans fat” label, trying to convince everyone they are healthy and good. Yet they have no substantive or healthful elements to their faith. It ‘s like the Laodiceans, who thought they had everything until Christ told them they were poor and wretched. They were all about declaring, “Look, we have no trans fat. We are wealthy, or we have good families, or we go to church every week.” Obviously, it’s not what you advertise that counts; it’s what you are really made of.”
You can try to pack your life full of stuff that all looks good on the outside but what good is that? Don’t flaunt your life as not having all these “bad things” but fill it full of life and faithfulness to Him.
The solution to a lukewarm Christian life is not trying harder.
The solution is to fall madly in love with Jesus Christ.