Lukewarm Christianity, the topic many can relate too but none want to actually talk about it. You may be wondering what exactly lukewarm Christianity is and to be honest It’s something I had to think and pray on for a few weeks. See we’d all like to think it comes down to multiple reasoning and while it could, I believe it comes down to two things. Letting your flesh lead you or Letting God lead your life. Now if I’m being transparent with you I’ve certainly struggled in this area a few times especially this past season, I was in a season of transition and I was impatient with jobs, churches, and even promises that God gifted me with. My resolve was what I wanted instead of surrendering and allowing God to lead me to what I needed to do. I think one of the biggest misconceptions that I had to throw away and come to terms with was that even if we think we are surrendering to all of the will of God sometimes we really actually aren’t and not submitting all is not surrendering at all. Unpopular opinion I know, It was hard for me to actually put that into action and in reality it shouldn’t be. I think we get so sucked up into wanting to be like others and we compare what we are doing and how someone else is doing it. We put limitations on ourselves and most importantly on God and what He wants to do through us because we want to be in control. We want to be in the driver’s seat of the car knowing every single turn and seeing the actual destination in all of Gods’ plans for us. In reality we don’t even really deserve to be in the car but thanks to His grace we are, we should be almost in the trunk. We should be willing to surrender to the will of Gods’ plans for our lives without hesitation and without question. This is where we get into the line of when you allow your flesh to lead you vs God, trust me if you break it down it’s typically pretty easy to spot out which one you’re doing but the hard part is making the changes to rectify that. It’s hard because we’ve evolved into a culture of Christians who think it’s okay or who don’t even really know how to actually surrender all of their lives to Christ. We treat His grace like a vending machine transaction so when we do something we know wasn’t the will of God we just brush it off and claim “oh He forgives all” and you’d be right He so does because of HIs undying love for us. It pains Him though when we begin to treat His grace as if it is a vending machine transaction it is so much more than that.
When we commit sin especially but not excluded to premeditated sin we are allowing the devil to have an entryway in our lives. It’s a concept that is so openly displayed in the Bible but there’s a lack of follow through. In Fact it’s similar to when they talk about premeditated murders, trust me I know how extreme that sounds but It’s really not, we cannot be walking like Jesus but just sin willy nilly and then say we are saved because when you invite sin in you are being bound by plots of the devil which is like locking yourself up in prison. God intended us to have full freedom in Him, as His children. We cannot be hypocrites to the truth. l mean imagine people who don’t really know much about Christianity, that unfortunately becomes what they think Christianity is, just a bunch of hypocrites and I mean it’s already bad enough that we have the “judgmental” Christian name slapped on already as it is. See i’m all for reflection, I think reflecting in on our lives gives us a chance to truly dig in and root the issues with the help of God and being able to find the root and treat it, not bandage it. Bandaging isn’t a solution or rectifying the issue. Whatever it is, I urge you to reflect on your life and dig deep and ask God to guide you to the areas that are causing a postponed full surrender to God. My areas were lack of trust and impatience. My lack of trust started as a child and honestly was preventing me from fully surrendering all areas of my life to Gods’ will, I wanted to be in control so badly but was missing so much because I wasn’t trusting in my Father, God. Same thing for impatience, when your impatient even the gift of a promise from God seems not as great because you get stuck in trying to control when each step of the promise happens and news flash that’s not ever how it’s meant to go. You don’t get a road map of everything and exactly when and how God is going to bring a promise to life if that’s how it worked we wouldn’t know what faith really was. Trust me when I tell you it was not easy to actually have the proof right before my eyes, I didn’t love dissecting what was keeping me from fully surrendering all of my life to God and it sucked having to admit my faults and admit that I wasn’t really fully walking the talk. It’s never easy but It honestly is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and it wasn’t because he dropped a bunch of blessings at my feet or all of a sudden my promises and jobs were ready. It was that He reminded me of the biggest blessing I could ever receive His undying love that leads Him to want to give me promises and opportunities that I am so so far from deserving. I don’t deserve any of it but still He was willing to sacrifice His only son, Jesus, for me to be able to surrender and have an intimate friendship with Him. It can be easy to forget how blessed we are when we are in constant search of only the blessings and none of Him or when we are caught up in living two seperate lives instead of the one He’s privileged us with. We are not Hannah Montana we are not supposed to be living the “best” of both worlds, because we all know one is living and one is death. It again may seem dramatic to some people but it’s the truth and sometimes the truth is hard to hear. I know we’re not perfect and we never will be but we can always strive to know God deeper and to allow ourselves to do better. That’s all we can really do.
As an encouragement I’d like to leave you with this…
“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved”, cheesy I know but it’s true. Be the example, Lead people to walk the talk.
Romans 8:6: “for to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace”
God Is Good All The Time