Are You Lukewarm?

In a previous blog, I likened the kind of relationship God wants to have with each of us to that of a couple just starting their relationship. However, we so often become complacent as the relationship continues. Other things occupy our mind and time, and though we don’t care less for the other person, we do not give the relationship the time we once did. We take for granted our partner knows we care. Today’s divorce rate testifies to the grave error in this way of thinking. Even if you are at this point in your relationship and still surviving, don’t you miss that spark? I have heard it said, the way to keep a relationship going is to keep doing what you did to get it started – bring her flowers, make his favorite meal, call for no reason but to say “I love you”, in other words make them the same priority in your life as when the relationship was new.
The sad truth is we are jealous creatures. It doesn’t have to be another person that steals the attention we crave from our spouse. Hobbies, old friends, new friends, that promotion at work, all can steal our attention and, maybe unknowingly, become a higher priority than our loved one. God made us in His image; He is a jealous God and wants nothing to have higher priority in our lives than our relationship with Him. He wants total devotion and commitment.
In Revelation we have two examples of this. Revelation 2:1-5(NIV) 1“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: … 2I know your deeds, … 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5… If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. And Revelation 3:14-16(NIV) 14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: … 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
They ‘did’ the right things, but for the wrong reason. God is quite capable of handling things, He does not need our puny efforts to get things done. The only reason He wants us to do anything is because we are head-over-heels in love with Him, like when our relationship with Him was new. Kind of like the little boy who so wanted to please his daddy, he ‘washed’ the car windows with Mommy’s dish cloth. Imagine the mess Daddy had to clean up! But he was thrilled – not by what his child did, but why.
If you don’t have, or never had, the kind of relationship where He is the most important thing in your life, I suggest you bend your knee and search your heart. I am not talking about some giddy, goosebumpy feeling. Tears are not required (even though I quite often shed tears of joy when I think of my Lord and Master!) What is required is total adoration and devotion to Him, for who He is and what He has done; a commitment to make Him the top priority in your life; a determination to budget your time, attention, efforts, money, and any other resource so that He gets the first and best, just because, like that little boy, you so want to please your Abba Father.

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