I am currently participating in a book club for “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. Chapter 4 talks in depth about being a lukewarm Christian. According to Chan, there are 18 ways to identify if you are a lukewarm Christian. A couple of points hit me pretty hard: 1. Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give. Luke 18:21-25 2. Lukewarm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum, to be “good enough” without requiring too much of them. 1 Chronicles 29:14, Matthew 13:44-46
I know that we can be our own worst critic, but I cannot help being compelled from digging deep into my soul and inventory the depth of my relationship with Christ. It is true that I love people, but I am not sure if this includes strangers. Do I have the love for strangers as Jesus does?
Take this for example, I’m walking down Michigan Ave in Chicago and I pass many homeless/stranded people on the street and they are begging for money. Some are jingling cups partially filled with change and some carry signs communicating their need. Sometimes I give and sometimes I don’t. People have been quick to say, “Oh don’t give your money to them, all they will do is buy cigarettes or booze.” So in order to escape ridicule, I turn a blind eye to them. I become numb to their situation. I serve God, but I place limits on my act of service.
How do I become more like Him? How do I get to the place where my heart breaks for the things that breaks His heart?
I love the chorus in Brandon Heath’s song “Give Me Your Eyes”. This should be my daily prayer.
-Give me your eyes for just one second. Give me your eyes so I can see. Everything I keep missing. Give me your love for humanity. Give me your arms for the broken hearted. Ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me your heart for the ones forgotten. Give me your eyes so I can see. –
Revelations 3: 15-18 says, “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot-far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.” I don’t want to be stale, I want to be better! I want to truly experience the love walk of Jesus and nothing less!
Love in Christ,