What does it mean to be a comfortable Christian?
Does it mean that Christians can’t have certain things? That we have to live a particular lifestyle? Yes and No. As Christians, we are called to live according to God’s Word and what He has called us to do. We are also called to not conform to the ways of the world. However, in my opinion, we are allowed to have things and use them but how we use them does matter and that includes the gifts and abilities we’ve been given by our Heavenly Father.
Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV): “15. I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
What does it mean to be lukewarm? Well, according to Webster’s Dictionary, the word lukewarm means “lacking conviction” or “moderately warm.” So, if we are to take this definition of being lukewarm and apply it to our understanding of what it means to be Christians; we could say that being lukewarm actually means that despite us saying we are Christians; we actually lack the conviction to go out and do what our Heavenly Father calls us to do in Matthew 28:19-20.
However, this isn’t the only way that we as Christians have become comfortable in how we live our lives for Christ.
Take for instance how we go to church every Sunday, Wednesday, or Saturday. Have we as Christians become so comfortable in our way of living that even going to church has become so mundane and unimportant? Well, according to SpaniardVIII of Spiritual Minefield, who wrote Verse-By-Verse Revelation (3:16-20), “Jesus Christ abhors a heart that’s divided, either you give your whole heart to Jesus or you don’t. This type of half commitment is something God rejects.” What is truly fascinating about this quote is that in my opinion, it really shows how we as Christians can become too comfortable in how we live in the world if our heart is divided between Jesus Christ and the world.
In the blog post, SpaniardVIII has several quotes that I feel can help us as Christians come to understand what it means to live for Christ and not become divided in our hearts.
- “Lukewarm water is useless, it neither refreshes in hot days nor is it hot enough during cold days.”
- “They had one foot in the Lord and the other in the world thus not being committed 100 percent to Jesus Christ.”
- “Their spiritual life was pitiful, a tree that refuses to produce fruit is worthless in God’s eyes.”
- “Spiritually they had no fruit for the Lord, nothing whatsoever. The church acted on the outside as though they were producing many fruits for Christ but in God’s eyes who sees through their facade, they were as broke spiritually as a homeless man is physically.”
- “If you don’t practice what you read or hear, your spiritual life starts to crumble along with your understanding of scripture. The Lord gives understanding of His Word to those who seek Him but to those that turn away He takes what they had learned away from them”
- “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door” means if you respond to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and open your heart to Jesus by placing your faith in Him He will come into your heart.”
A.W. Tozer said, “Christianity is decaying and going down into the gutter because the God of modern Christianity is not the God of the Bible.”
In the New Testament, we see how Jesus Christ and later the Apostles and Paul speak on this issue of being too comfortable in the world we live in, as the Apostle Luke stated in Luke 16:13, “13. No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
We see in this passage of Scripture what being indecisive can do because we are now split between two “masters”. Sue Love of Run With It wrote a blog post entitled, “The Church In God” where she stated, “… God no longer dwells in buildings built by human hands. The temple of God, thus, is not a physical building, but a spiritual building (house) made up of living stones, not of brick and mortar, i.e. we the people of God are the church.”
What’s truly interesting about this quote from Sue Love is that it’s true in how we view ourselves and subsequently our relationship with God. We are called to be temples of the Holy Spirit and a light to the world and that includes the churches we are a part of. In her blog post, Sue Love has several quotes about the church that I feel can help us question if we’ve been going to church out of a desire to learn more about God or if we’re going because it’s routine.
- “… even though we may attend a building called “church,” it doesn’t mean it is of/in God. In fact, physical buildings are not of God, nor are corporations under the federal government of the USA or businesses of human-making called “church.”
- “Although they know that the church is not a building, still in their hearts it is. And, so they equate these man-made structures (buildings, denominations, businesses) with the church of God, but they are not one and the same.”
- “… if they are being run by, under the authority of, and directed by humans rather than by God and by his Holy Spirit, then they are not of God. For, God/Jesus is not their head, but the government is. And God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit is not directing their path, but the world is.”
- “… they are not building the church spiritually by the Spirit (Rom. 12; 1 Co. 12; Eph. 4) but by human marketing schemes. And, their customers are the world.”
- “… the church of God (in God) is spiritual, and it is people. But, it is people who have trusted in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of their lives, who have died with Christ to sin and who are living with Christ to righteousness; who are walking not according to the flesh, but who are walking according to the Spirit”
- “… the church, the church of God, is made up of people who have truly given their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ, who have walked in his ways and in his truth, even if right now they are drifting away from their pure devotion to Christ.”
Sue Love stated that “… even though we may attend a building called “church,” it doesn’t mean it is of/in God. In fact, physical buildings are not of God.”
But, how can we be lights to the world when we have become some comfortable with the way the world is and complacent in our calling? This reminds me of a song by Christian group Third Day called Soul on Fire and for me, what is really important to me about this song is that we are to be on fire for God and allow Him to create a flame within us that never dies and will continue to burn in the hearts of those that we come in contact with on a daily basis.
God, I’m running for Your heart
I’m running for Your heart
Till I am a soul on fire
Lord, I’m longing for Your ways
I’m waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire [2X]
As Christians, we are to be on fire for Christ but how can we do this if we are still stuck in the mindset of the world? Romans 12:1-2 says how and how we are to become in terms of our bodies being temples of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) says, “1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
T.R. Noble of Inside Cup has a blog post entitled “Standing Out In The World Means We Will Be Different” that speaks on this topic. In her blog post, she states, “We can’t relate to people through passions of the flesh. That helps no one. It doesn’t point people to Christ. It pulls people away.”
If we are going to make disciples of every nation, we are going to first have to let go of something that we may not want to and that may include listening to our flesh. However, letting go of something in order to become who God has called us to be is difficult because we are so used to getting what we want. But, in order to make disciples and change lives, we have to be willing to give something up.
“In order to make disciples and change lives, we have to be willing to give something up.”
In her blog post, T.R. Noble has several quotes about standing out in the world and being lukewarm that may help us understand how we are to stand out in the world.
- “If we are lukewarm and think we are the right examples, we are pulling away more people AND there are consequences for our actions pulling down others.”
- “Because my Lord was not hesitant when it came to sin. Not to the fallen believers OR the sinner. He told the sinner to stop sinning. He was more verbal with fallen believers.”
- “If anyone says look to Christ and how He loved, yet is waking on eggshells around the topic of sin and what we need to be wary of…I don’t know what kind of anti-Christ they were looking at. That’s not my Savior. He came to save us from wickedness!”
T.R. Noble said, “If we are lukewarm and think we are the right examples, we are pulling away more people AND there are consequences for our actions pulling down others.“
Related Post: Are We Pushing People Out of the Church?
As Christians, we aren’t meant to be comfortable with where we are. We were meant to be uncomfortable in a fallen world because God has called us out and into His own. But, will we let Him into our lives?
As Christians, we aren’t meant to be comfortable with where we are. We were meant to be uncomfortable in a fallen world because God has called us out and into His own. But, will we let Him into our lives? T.R. Noble also wrote another blog post on this topic entitled, “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Always Talk About Christ . . .” and in the blog post, she says, “We’re human. We were born sinners. Our flesh every moment will fight and encourage us to not focus on Christ.”
In my opinion, this is important because our flesh will often fight with the part of us that wants to do what God commands us to do. Furthermore, when our flesh begins to fight against the Holy Spirit it can become easy for us to begin to become comfortable with the way we portray ourselves as Christians, I know I struggle with this sometimes.
In the blog post, T.R. Noble has several quotes that should encourage us to live for Christ instead of the world and seek to be uncomfortable Christians instead of comfortable Christians.
- “It’s called being a lukewarm Christian, and the more Christians that openly defend their actions of backing away from the topic of Christ, the more people think it’s okay to drift between the two.”
- “Especially for those trying to defend it, understand this…we are to deny ourselves! It is not about us or what we want. It’s about what God wants!“
- “WE ARE THE EXAMPLE TO THE WORLD!”
- “I agree that we should be able through our actions to show that without saying His name, we are being Christlike. However, we should have Christ pouring out of us.”
- “In every way. It’s not the same showing the love of Christ and curse or take God’s name in vain in the same conversation. To proclaim the pureness of Christ and watch (partake in) profanity, nudity, gossip, judgment, etc.…”
- “We need an active, living, walk with Jesus. We need to be clean. Anything not about Christ can become a trap/snare. It can distract us. It adds up!”
- “Whatever we do in life, we can connect to Christ. If it isn’t sin, we can connect it to Christ.”
- “Every moment in life we have that impacts an individual, it could be the only moment we minister to them, to show them the love of Christ. We show them who Christ is to us.”
T.R. Noble said, “Are we living a double life? Are we making our viewers see two lives? Christ is either present in our life, or He isn’t. We need to admit this and seek Him in everything.”
In the end, though, becoming comfortable can cause us as Christians to become complacent and we should never become complacent in the work God has called us towards. We should learn to stand against the world and the ways of the world despite being apart of it. God calls us out of our comfort zone to do His Will but if we are stuck in our comfortability, we can never push forward.
So, have we become comfortable Christians?
Are we on the fence about what we believe?
Are we becoming lukewarm in our relationship with God?
How do we go about serving God if we are comfortable where we are?
Love, Sue. “The Church In God”, 9 Feb 2019, runwithit.blog, https://runwithit.blog/2019/02/09/the-church-in-god/ . Accessed 21 Jun 2019.
Noble, T.R. “Standing Out In The World Means We Will Be Different”, 4 May 2019, nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/standing-out-in-the-world-means-we-will-be-different/ . Accessed 18 Jun 2019.
- “I’m A Christian, But I Don’t Always Talk About Christ . . .”, 2 May 2019, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/, https://nobledevotionblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/im-a-christian-but-i-dont-always-talk-about-christ/ . Accessed 19 Jun 2019.
Third Day – Soul on Fire. “Soul on Fire,” YouTube, uploaded by Third Day, 5 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7lv9oMjv_0 . Accessed 21 Jun 2019.
SpaniardVIII. “Verse By Verse Through Revelation (3:16-20)”, 9 May 2017, spiritualminefield.wordpress.com, https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/verse-by-verse-through-revelation-316-20/ . Accessed 21 Jun 2019.
Author Unknown. “Revelation 3:15-16” https://rossonl.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/lukewarm.jpg. Accessed 21 Jun 2019.
Author Unknown. “Galatians 5:17”, https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/galatians-5-17 . Accessed 21 Jun 2019.
Suzette. “Conflicted: Seeking God’s Will One Day, Yours the Next” 12 Jan 2019. https://bluestoblessings.com/consider-cost-divided-heart/ . Accessed 21 Jun 2019.