Some time back I read that many professing Christians view their relationship with God as little more than a hobby. Others, who would claim that they attend church on a regular basis, do so only once or twice a month. Yet Christ does not want us to be a casual Christian. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
In Revelation chapter 3, we find some very important words Jesus said to the church of Laodicea.
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:15-17)
Many believe that the seven churches found in the first two chapters of the book of Revelation represent seven time-periods of church history and that the church of Laodicea reveals what the church will be like just before the Lord returns. What was the state of the Laodicean church? Jesus said, “You are like lukewarm water. You are neither hot or cold.” One commentary says, “…lukewarmness is a picture of indifference and compromise. It tries to play the middle, too hot to be cold and too cold to be hot. But in trying to be both things, it ends up being nothing.” (David Guzik) How did Jesus respond to their lukewarmness? “I will spit you out of my mouth!”
In light of all of this, let’s consider our second “DO NOT” for today. Paul told the Ephesians – “Do Not Waste Your Life”
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:16-20)
Consider once again Paul’s challenges to us as believers.
- “Do not be careless about how you live.”
- “Do not be foolish as you live in this evil world.”
- “Do not waste your opportunities to serve God.”
- “Do not be intoxicated with the world’s wine.”
- “And, do not miss doing the will of God.”
In other words – “Do not waste your life as a believer.” God bless you my brethren.