Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 30, 2014

May 30, 2013 “All In Or Not In At All”

“So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”           (Revelation 3:16)

Good morning Prayer Partners!

Like many people, given the choice on a hot day as we had here in North Carolina yesterday, I would choose a nice glass of iced tea over a steaming hot cup of coffee.  Likewise, were we in the midst of winter, a nice cup of cocoa would be my choice over a glass of cold soda. Not only that, I am one who enjoys cold beverages to be very cold (with lots of ice), and hot beverages to be piping hot. I am not a fan of lukewarm anything. It is something that I would seem to hold in common with our Lord. In this passage from Revelation, we learn that the Lord would rather have us be “hot” or “cold” Christians…hot in the sense of being passionate and on fire regarding our faith…cold in the sense of being refreshing, quenching the dryness of a thirsting soul with the good news of the Gospel. What the Lord does not desire from us is “spiritual moderation”. In fact, such a “take it or leave it” attitude regarding our relationship with God would appear to be repulsive to the Lord. God is not at all casual about the relationship He desires with us. This is evidenced by His investment in our well-being. What is that investment? Look around you. He has provided everything we need for living. He gives us the air we breathe, the food we eat. He has created a universe for us to explore. Most important of all, he has given us His only-begotten Son as a sacrifice that we might spend eternity with Him, freeing us from the terrible bondage of sin and death. Oh yes, this truly is a love investment beyond measure. When our response to such demonstrative love is callous spiritual moderation, God is so repulsed that it is akin to leaving a bitter taste in His mouth…so bitter that He is inclined to spit us out. The attitude of some regarding God is one of acknowledgement of his existence without awe and wonder. It would be similar to someone seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time and yawning as if it were little more than a big hole in the ground!  Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote:

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

If you claim the title of “Christian”, you’re all in or you’re not in at all. There is no middle ground. Where are you in your life? Be “all in.” Talk with the Lord daily. Know that He is “all in” in his relationship with you. Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; I am amazed and astounded by Your “all in” love for me.I want to be hot and passionate in living the life You have given me. I want to be cold and refreshing, providing demonstrations of the hope that dwells within me to those who are spiritually thirsty for the Word. Where there is any spiritual moderation in my life, let it be expunged and replaced with passionate, well-expressed love for all. In Jesus’ blessed Name I pray. Amen!






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