A few months ago a group of us read the book, Crazy Love. I really enjoyed the book so I am reading it a second time.
It is not a book that you just read cover to cover but as you read, you need time to think and let parts of it digest.
I like the book because it asks hard questions about our faith and how personally we take the teachings of Christ. For me, hard questions are good. Yes, they can cause you to be uncomfortable at times but that is one way you can grow spiritually. If you do not like answers to the questions, what better time to change than now?
In one of the chapters, Francis Chan talks about being lukewarm. I always think of the warning that was given to the Church of Laodicea in Revelation, chapter 3. It is obvious that being lukewarm was not a characteristic that pleased God nor is it today.
So, then the questions begin. Are there ways in my Christian life that I am lukewarm? If so, how? How can I change? Is there more to being a Christian than just attending church on Sundays?
Am I lukewarm in my giving? My giving not only of money but also of time........giving whatever someone needs. Nothing in this world is ours.
Are there things in my life that are more important to me than my relationship to God? Do things get in the way of my service?
Do we compare our life to others and think we are ok, when really we should be striving to be as Christ. Can people really see the difference in how we live?
Everyone has struggles and we were never promised the Christan life would be easy. David had struggles, loneliness and fears.......but when he penned these words, they did not come from a lukewarm heart............
Psalms 63:1-8-----Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live and in your name will I lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed will I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night, because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Just some things to think on..............