Let’s all agree that the middle is never the best spot to be. Think about it, on an airplane, no one likes being squished awkwardly between two people in close proximity. Being the middle child in my family I was always the one sitting in the middle, not only because I was the second born out of three but also because of my small size…my little brother passed me up quickly and there I was once again the older sister but the smallest child, stuck in the middle. The middle can be a very uncomfortable place to be in. In life and also, as it goes, in our spiritual life as well. God says in Revelation 3:15-16, 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 spue thee out of my mouth. God hates it when we live a lukewarm spiritual life. He would rather us be lost than living a lukewarm life. If you are lost, you can learn the truth and choose the truth. If you are living a lukewarm life then you know the truth but you are choosing over and over again to ignore what God says and teaches and you are choosing to live your own way which is many times a life of sin. God forgives. But He will not forgive someone who repeats a sinful lifestyle over and over again. Repentance is about meaning it when you say you are sorry for sinning and turning away from that sin completely. Living a lukewarm life is like telling God that you sometimes love Him and will choose Him but not all the time. That’s like having a friend who sometimes loves you and treats you right but then turns around and stabs you in the back with lies. How would you feel if you had a friend like that? I know I wouldn’t want that friend anymore. The same goes with God. Matthew 6:24 says, No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. We cannot serve God and try to serve this world at the same time; that is living lukewarm. We either choose God or we choose someone/something else.
If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, anyone who has a child/teen or someone looking up to you, so this should include almost everyone, you have to think about what living a lukewarm life does to that person who is looking up to you. What is it teaching them? What are you showing them? You are teaching that it’s okay to not always choose God. It’s okay to have other gods before the one true God. You are teaching them that it’s okay to live for this world and God. To go to church and praise God, to make promises to God, worship Him, then go home and worship t.v. Or worldly music or another person. Is that the kind of example you want to be? If you saw your own child living this way, would you be proud? I would hope not. Sadly, sometimes it takes seeing a loved one living this way opens our eyes to the way we are living. Don’t let it get to that point. It’s not too late to turn your life over to the one, true God today. It’s never too late to start teaching a child to live right and to become a good example for others. You cannot choose whether you are a born the middle child, you can’t always choose whether you get the window seat on the plane, but you can choose to get out of the lukewarm, middle lifestyle you have been living and choose the right path. Don’t get stuck in the middle, move out, move up.
He gives us Roots so we can Fly. Roots and Wings.