(Part 2 of 2)
Matthew 12:43-45… Here we see how lukewarmness can leave your heart empty after it has been cleansed of demons and sin. In this passage, the demons and sin returned when they saw a man had done nothing to fill his heart with good things. The man rejoiced when the demons were emptied out, but Jesus condemned him for staying empty. The man’s life ended up worse than before. If Jesus has cleansed your heart from habits, sin, or devils, then it’s up to you to be filling your life with the Word of God, church fellowship, and a hunger for more of God. Jesus is glad to deliver people, but saints, fill the gap. Do it at home through prayer and Bible study. Discover for yourself the joys of hearing the voice of the Lord speaking to you. Jesus sees your heart, and He sees the lukewarmness of an empty heart.
Luke 8:11-15… Here we see a lukewarm attitude as sowing good seed into bad soil. Many Christians do nothing with the word they have been given. Four men received a word from the Lord. They had put themselves in a place to hear. They received the word, but their hearts were unprepared. One man couldn’t hold the word he was given; the word didn’t take root. Another received the word with joy, but when trials came, he lost his joy. He paid more attention to the word of others than to the word the Lord gave him. The third man heard the word, but he let the cares of this world and making of money take priority over the will of God for his life. Wrong priorities choked out the Word of God. Jesus sees how you receive His directives. It is useless to ask God for a word if you are not going to act righteously upon it. Lukewarmness produces no fruit.
What did Jesus see that we are not seeing? Jesus saw good people falling into lukewarmness. He condemned them because they did nothing. The Bible says in James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (KJV). Matthew 25:31-46 tells of the Son of Man gathering nations. He condemned the people for doing nothing. They were not charged for some great sin but for what they did not do. In Matthew 25:14-30, a man was given one talent. He hid that talent and accused his master of demanding too much of people. This good man was called a slothful servant (useless and good for nothing) and was sent into outer darkness… for doing nothing.
One of the worst charges brought against these people was that of being lukewarm. Jesus hates it. In Mark 2:23-27, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for doing nothing on the Sabbath. The purpose of the Sabbath was to sustain and maintain the souls of people. The Pharisees were lukewarm in their actions. Jesus came and met the needs of people on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man, to enrich their souls and to be a blessing and not a burden. Like the Pharisees, many today make the Sabbath a burden and not a blessing.
Are you a lukewarm and useless Christian, a do-nothing believer? You can change. The Lord wants to change your life. Why not be changed? Come to Him now, in prayer, with open heart, and ask Him to change you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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