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PERSEVERANCE

CONNOR CIPPOLA

Revelation 3:15-16

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

A vast majority of us are living double lives. During the week we ignore Jesus, make fun of others, use God’s name in vain, get drunk, and then on Sunday lead a small group. We put up a front while at church that says we’re this great and holy Christian, but the rest of our lives say something different. Jesus tells us that the world will know us by our actions; so what are your actions saying about you? What are they saying about Jesus?

God wants all of us, but not our fake Sunday selves. He tells us in Revelation that He would prefer we be either all or nothing. He doesn’t want our half hearted, empty attempts at being a Christian. If we continue to act as double agents, God says he will spit us out and say, “I never knew you.” Those are some pretty strong words. Do you want that? Who are you going to be? Either take following Jesus seriously or don’t take it at all.

The American church is drowning in lukewarm, Sunday Christians. Be the one who stands up and says, “Enough is enough! I’m going to let God’s love and light invade every area of my life no matter how unpopular.” Or will you continue to live the week out as if Jesus doesn’t exist? Author and pastor Francis Chan says it perfectly, “Jesus wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a Christian without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.” What will you choose?

QUESTION 1. Do people know you’re a Christian by your actions? Or do your actions show that Jesus isn’t that important to you?
QUESTION 2. Is being lukewarm fulfilling? Is it helping people come to know Jesus?
CHALLENGE: If you’re going to call yourself a Christian then you have to live it out not just in words but also in actions. Give God everything and refuse to be a lukewarm Christian anymore.