Animated, bubbly, dynamic, energetic, perky and vigorous are all synonyms which highlight active individuals. When you came in contact with these lively souls, its possible to feed off of their enthusiasm. During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encouraged his followers to add flavor to the lives of people you encounter, Matthew 5:13-16. When actions and words co-exist, faith rubs off on others, similar to a lamp shining light into the darkness of this world.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth, Revelation 3:16.
Prior to modern appliances, cooling drinks or adding ice cubes wasn’t an option. Thus, past civilizations were forced to endure room temperature drinks. The Bible refers to this as lukewarm. The context in which this term is applied signifies an inactive faith. From a spiritual point of view, idle faith is an insult to God, void of salt and light. Unfortunately, I find myself closer to lukewarm than active. In fact, in recent weeks I am hovering somewhere between a lukewarm and dying faith.
For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead, James 2:26.
When talking about judgment, Jesus uses the expression take the plank out of your own eye before criticizing someone else, Matthew 7:1-5. One of the members in the audience that day opens up about his own life in the passage above. Taking a look in the mirror from a spiritual perspective, James looks back at a time in his life when his faith was dead. Despite being raised by Mary and Joseph, James’ faith was lukewarm at best until the resurrection of Jesus. I guess we all need a wake up call at some point. May this blog awaken your soul to activate your faith, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit.
by Jay Mankus