Steve Hill / 12 JAN 2014 –
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15,16
Are you a radical disciple or a passive observer? Is your relationship with God a flame that burns within you or a big wet blanket that extinguishes the fire? Are you cold as ice or molten like lava? Are you following Jesus, or do you follow whoever comes along and says something interesting? Are you willing to take a stand for something, or are you ready to stand for just about anything?
Martin Luther was yet a Roman Catholic when he began reading his Bible more and more seriously, believing what it said and applying it to his life. He never planned on starting the Protestant Reformation, but his ideas—which were based on the truths of Scripture—propelled this powerful movement. For Luther, it was like a fire caught up in his soul. His writings expressed his concern.
Far from being alarmed, it gives me great joy to see that the gospel is now, as in former times, a cause of trouble and discord. This is the characteristic and the destiny of the Word of God. “I came not to send peace, but a sword” said Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:34).
When God revealed His truth to humanity, He didn’t send us a Hallmark card with a smiley face on the front. He sent us a tough message that invades our souls and transforms our lives. In a few days, we will be entering a new year. Make up your mind now. Will you be on fire or lukewarm? Will you be actively radical, or without passion, and passive?
~ 2 Chronicles 26; Revelation 13; Zechariah 9; John 12
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