Summary: The tragedy of “Ho-Hum Christianity.”
James O. Davis is the founder and president of Second Billion (TM). You are invited to learn more about Second Billion by visiting www.billion.tv.
TEXT: Rev. 3:14-22
TOPIC: Ho-Hum Christianity
THEME: How To Keep Your Spiritual Fire Burning
HOW TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITUAL FIRE BURNING
1. I wish to address one of the greatest tragedies in the American Church. It is what I call the tragedy of “Ho-Hum Christianity.” The tragedy is a dry-eyed, half-hearted Church in a hell-bent nation.
2. There were seven churches in Asia-Minor, what we would call Turkey today. The Lord gave a message to these seven churches then and He is giving a message to our church today.
3. These seven churches speak to us prophetically. They show to us collectively the past and the future. These messages also speak to us practically. In my opinion, there is not a problem in the local church that is not somewhere addressed in these seven churches.
4. They also speak to us powerfully. This is the Word of God for us. God is asking, “Are you listening? He says, “He has ears let him ear.” This is not a message for your neighbor but to you.
5. These seven churches speak to us personally. God is going to hear us responsible for the truth we have heard or we would have heard if we had listened.
6. In chapter 1, Jesus is shown standing in the midst of seven candlesticks. In Mathew 18, Jesus taught “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Jesus is closer to you than the neighbors who are seating next to you. Would you act differently or pay attention more if Jesus Christ was literally sitting next to you?
I. WE NEED REALIZE THE CURSE OF LUKEWARM CHRISTIANITY (vv.15-16)
It is the Greek Term that means to “vomit you” out of God’s mouth. There is sin that makes God sick. It is the sin of lukewarmness that makes God sick to his stomach.
What is lukewarmness? It is a little too cold to be hot and a little too hot to be cold; too hot to freeze and too cold to boil. God is not speaking to the atheist, the God-hater, or the agnostic. He is not speaking to those who have holy fire and holy zeal. He is speaking to the lukewarm Christian.
God is speaking to the warm dishwater Christian.
I do not want to hurt your feelings, but most of the members of this church fall into the lukewarm category.
How is lukewarmness manifested? There are at least 7 ways a Christian can have ho-hum Christianity.
A. Salvation (Hebrew 2:1)
Do you long to be holy? Do you have a burning desire to be as holy as a save sinner can be? In Mark 7:6, Jesus said that their hearts were far from him.
Is your heart far from God? You may not commit adultery but do you surf in wrong places on the Internet? You may not steal but do you pay your debts? Are you cold about holiness?
You may not commit adultery but do you watch programs that entertain adultery.
How many teachers are truly burdened over their classes? Do you treat your responsibility with great dignity because your presentation is heard by God himself?
Are you self-centered? Do you think the world should revolve around you?
We are to enter into worship during the service. Do you go through the worship services without a true passion for Christ? We are to sing with urgency and passion before Christ. The most important thing is the not the pitch but the priority of one’s heart.
Do you have a hunger for the Word of God? Did you read the Bible through last year? We believe the Bible in general but not with specificity. Have you ever read the Bible through since you became a Christian? Do you love the Scriptures? The average Christian does not have a quiet time. The average Christian does not know the books of the Bible.
The entire Bible can be read in 10 months by reading 4 chapters per day.
Illustration: Bible Vs. Newspaper
The average Christian does not spend ten moments per day in intercession. When was the last time you fasted and prayed? When was the last night you prayed throughout the evening?
The devil does not really care about our buildings and budgets. Most times, the devil laughs at the modern Church. He does not care about how much we have as long as we do not turn to prayer.
We do not know what sacrifice means anymore. We gave too little but not very much. Most of our giving does not change our lifestyles. We pray without with fasting; we give without sacrifice, we witness without tears, and sow without reaping.