Do you ever become scared when reading the Bible?
I just read a passage on the dangers of a shallow faith and my heart began rapidly beating. Although we are blessed with salvation through the acceptance of Jesus into our heart, Hebrews 6:1-8 talks about God's punishment on those with lukewarm faith.
Hot water is known to cleanse and purify and cold water is refreshing, but lukewarm water offers no rewards. Revelation 3:16 states, "So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth."
I'll be honest...right now, at this point in my life, I would characterize myself as a lukewarm Christian. I have accepted Jesus into my heart, attend church regularly, and find time during the week to spend time with the Lord. More often than not though I find myself clicking on every social media app before clicking on the Bible App, or rather opening an actual Bible. I do not see myself progressing in my faith day in and day out. In my free time instead of watching or listening to a sermon I find myself putting on a TV show that offers no substance or information to further me as a child of God.
This is a habit I am seeking to change. It is a lot harder than I first thought. I catch myself wasting my time and make excuses as to why I shouldn't change what I am doing to spend time with God. Furthermore, I will be scrolling through Instagram looking at aimless material and then come across a Christian post of Scripture and find myself quickly glancing over it and then immediately scrolling right past it!
Don't get me wrong, I see nothing wrong with social media in moderation, but when that becomes substituted for time alone with the Lord, it starts to become an issue.
I read Matthew 7:21-23 and this is when my heart almost stopped beating. It reads:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
Summarized, this passage states that you can do many works for God yet still be lost.
Commit fully to the Lord in everything you do and do it all for the glory of God. Later in Matthew 22:37, "Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'"
I feel like I can safely say that I am not the only one who has experienced this habit. If you are experiencing what I am, and want to begin your path out of lukewarm faith, start putting Jesus above all else and love Jesus above all else. It will not be an overnight thing, but continue to seek in growing your relationship with Him. Never stop looking for more and more ways you can glorify Him in everyday life. Remember, you are created for His glory, not yours.
Here are some simple ways and ideas to help get you kick-started in finding and being with Jesus 24/7:
-when you are about to turn on the radio, first turn it to Christian music and worship and then after change it to something else if you want
-when turning on the TV, try to instead watch a sermon, complete a devotional, or read a Christian book first
-when clicking on social media, try opening the Bible App and doing a devotional instead
-and perhaps my favorite, watch a YouTube video on an apologetic's debate