If you were to rate your relationship with God on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being cold and 10 being hot, where would you land?
Now, I’m not saying you should rate your faith in God on a scale, but I do want you to consider one thing: are you lukewarm for God?
You might be thinking: What? Lukewarm? What does that even mean?
I would define lukewarm as being a 5 on the scale. Sure, you believe in God, but your life doesn’t fully reflect the way a godly life should look. Maybe you go to church on Sundays and open your Bible every once in a while, but are your thoughts and actions reflecting that of a follower of Christ?
When I first started following God, I could’ve considered myself a “lukewarm” Christian. I could talk the talk but I not always walked the walk. I would pray occasionally and request the things I wanted from God, but my life didn’t reflect that of a Christian’s at all.
I read a quote that completely changed my heart and my perspective.
“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”
When we go to class, we shouldn’t only talk to God when we need a good grade on a test or want an A on a paper. He should be at the center of our day. Someone we thank for the little things.
In our group of friends, we shouldn’t only pray for our friends when they’re going through a break up or needing to nail a good interview for a job. We should stray away from gossip, temptation to fall into sin, and other things that don’t reflect that of a godly person.
In high school, I would be filled with fear or anxiety about both big and little things in my life. One way I became “hot” for God was by leaning on him and giving him control instead of worrying about how I could be in control of my life.
I’ve learned that there are times when we may not feel like spending time with God, or it just seems like He is not present at all. With my doubts and questions, it seems as if He is so far away. Recently, this has been my battle. If I’m honest, it hurts and I hate that I “feel” this way. But I push through. The best thing to know through this time is that God isn’t surprised by this. He wants me to want Him, and I want Him so much. So I pray for a heart that wants Him earnestly.
When Paul was talking about being “lukewarm” he meant this with the way we live our lives, the way we talk, who we choose to hang with, etc. So, if you’re questioning God, or if you feel as if you have a hard time walking in your faith right now, don’t lose heart. The God above who knows you inside and out, knows your struggle. He wants you to talk to Him, and He may be trying to walk you through the desert for a period of time to teach you something. Lean in. Step in faith. This turned into a tangent, but I believe someone needed to hear it.
He’s a jealous God, and he wants us to fall in love with him and everything that comes along with the journey.
“Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.” – Romans 12:11-12