I have heard the term “lukewarm Christian” most of my life. This describes a person who claims to be a Christian, but does not give himself fully to Jesus. Jesus is a part of his life, but only a part. He gives a little of himself to the cause of Christ, but not his full self. He wants just enough of Jesus to get by without having to really follow the teachings of the Messiah.
Maybe you would consider yourself a “lukewarm Christian.” If so, be careful.
Because, biblically, there is no such thing.
The basis for the term comes from Revelation chapter 3–take a look.
“14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”
For some reason, people have gotten the notion that these are “lukewarm Christians”–that they are saved. Take a closer look. Jesus says that because they are lukewarm that He will spue (or vomit) them out of his mouth.
Jesus also says that they do not know that they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”
Does that sound like someone who is saved to you?
One of the greatest struggles that the church faces is the fact that so many church members are lukewarm/lost and they don’t even know it.
I am not passing judgment on anyone here. We all have feet of clay and have all failed in various ways. This is just a reminder that following Jesus is either all or nothing. We must choose to deny ourselves and follow Christ.
Anything else is not good enough.
I still believe in grace, of course. But to obtain grace we are called to give ourselves up completely to Jesus.
There is really no better life than this.