Do you feel like your not doing much for the Kingdom of God?
You look around and others seem to be making an impact.
You think to yourself, I would do something if God asked me to?
Or maybe you have asked yourself, why isn’t God talking to me?
My question for you might be, is He talking but you are just not listening?
Are there louder voices in your life that keep you from hearing His?
You Can’t Hear God Because The Voices Of Your Convenience Are Louder
In Revelations John gives us an account of an interaction between God and a few of His churches.
1 …I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,and you will not know at what time I will come to you. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
There seems to be a lot going on in this picture, but at the least, we can tell that God is not pleased. God tells one church they have a reputation of being dead, they need to repent, and then he tells another church that they make Him want to throw up. So I would say He is a little upset.
And what seems to be making Him upset is how these churches are acting, or maybe better said, not acting. He is calling them out for the lack of zeal and lack of work that should be showing others that they are alive. He is upset because they can’t seem to pick a side. They are hot one day and cold the next. And what do you get when you mix hot and cold water…lukewarm water. Which, according to commentaries is what doctors would use to induce vomiting. I am sure that is not the reaction that these churches expected.
I believe that today much like in that day, we often can’t hear God because the voices of our convenience are louder. God is trying to speak to us.
Go be my church.
Go spread the good news of a risen savior who forgives our sins.
Go be salt and light in this world of darkness.
Go, pick up your cross and follow me.
But when we hear that voice, we think, I can’t because it will cost me too much, I am not called to go there, it’s the pastor’s job, or my faith is personal so I don’t share with anyone else. And this voice of convenience blocks out the voice of God calling us to a greater purpose. So because we can’t hear the voice of God that sets our hearts on fire, we become content in our routines and live life as usual.
This is not a good place to be. God says, “because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” God rejects half-heartedness.
If you are alive there is still Hope
The good news though, is that in that same statement of rejection we also find a statement of hope. That statement says, “I am about to”, which means He hasn’t yet. And if He hasn’t yet, there is still hope. So don’t ignore the voice of God. Take time today listen to the voices that influence you. Which one is louder God’s voice or your convenience? If it isn’t God’s, then pray for His power to change that.