Devotion for the week of 3/24/14-3/30/14
In Revelation 3:15-16 God says that He does not like ‘lukewarm’ Christians. He wants them to either be ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. He says that if they are ‘lukewarm’ He will spit them out of His mouth. Imagine a fence down the middle of two different areas. On one side is dead, dried up grass, and on the other is green grass. Now imagine someone sitting on that fence. God doesn’t want us to be ‘on the fence’ about what we believe. He wants us to either believe strongly and whole-heartedly, or believe half-heartedly. He would rather us believe half-heartedly than be in-between. But, of course, He would prefer if we believed strongly and whole-heartedly. Not only does He not like ‘lukewarm’ Christians, but He also doesn’t like two-faced Christians: people who claim to be Christians but act two different ways depending on who they are with. In James 3:10-12 James, the brother of Jesus, tells us that praise and cursing should not come out of the same mouth. He compares that to a grapevine producing figs and a fig tree producing olives. It’s just not possible. He says that a salt spring cannot produce fresh water. We shouldn’t be two-faced. We shouldn’t be Christ like around some people and worldly around others. Good and bad should not be spoken from the same mouth. The worst would be a two-faced, lukewarm Christian. God would surely disapprove of that person. So if you are a Christian, act like one consistently. Don’t change how you act based on who you are around. Also, be strong in your beliefs. A consistent Christian strong in their beliefs pleases the Lord.