devo >>> be holy: separate from the world

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The Worldwide Church is God’s Bride. Pure, holy, separate from the evils of the world. Can we as a Church actually say that in our day and age? Is that really accurate? I’m not saying that the Church, the Bride of Christ, as a whole is evil; but instead I’m evaluating our condition as a Church from what I see around me. I’m hearing of more and more churches becoming lukewarm and trying to have one foot in the world and one foot in the Church. Why is that? Because they’ve drifted from the truth of God’s Word and are trying to please the world while stilling sitting under the title “Christian”. The word Christian has simply become the logo on their T-shirt, and not their way of living.

In the book of Revelation, chapter three verse sixteen, Jesus told the church in Laodicea, “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Lukewarm water is gross. Period. What Jesus is saying here is that he would rather them be either on fire for the Lord or completely against Him; but if they’re in the middle, He will vomit them out of His mouth. What does a lukewarm Christian look like? A lukewarm Christian is wishy-washy. They say they’re a Christian, yet they live a different lifestyle. They don’t walk the talk. Finally, they try to please the world while calling themselves a Christian. This kind of lifestyle is an abomination to the Lord Almighty. Like Jesus said in Revelation, He would rather a person be hot or cold, but definitely not lukewarm.

Matthew 6:24 says, “No one 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.” If ever you meet a Christian who openly admits that they love the world (as in, they are living a worldly lifestyle) and they love God, don’t believe them. This verse in Matthew says that it is not possible. Deep down inside that person, they either love the world’s pleasures and hate the things of God, or they love the things of God and hate worldly pleasures. But they can’t love both.

I stated in the beginning of this post that I’m noticing churches becoming more lukewarm than hot. How does this start in a church? It begins when you start drifting from the truth of God’s Holy Word. When this happens, compromise is seemingly invited in. What’s compromise? Compromise is basically when you find a happy medium. When churches compromise and find a “happy medium” with the world and God, it’s ends up not being so happy. Maybe for a little while, but eventually it just won’t work. Why would so called Christian churches do this? I believe one of several reasons could be that they are afraid of the persecution they will get when they fully stand up for truth. They think that if they lived kind of half n’ half, they would avoid the persecution from the world. That way, the world will “accept” them. The point is, as Christians, we don’t want to be “accepted” by the world. In fact we are called to be, according to Ephesians 5:27,  “holy and without blemish” so that God “might present her to Himself a glorious church, no having spot or wrinkle or any such thing”. How beautiful! The definition of holy is to be separate from the world and to be dedicated to God. We, as Christians and as a part of the worldwide Church, are to be holy.

So, how would you evaluate yourself? Are you lukewarm, hot, or cold? Are you wishy-washy, on fire for God, or utterly against Him? To be on fire for the Lord is the best option, trust me. 🙂

-sarah (PC: me, a church steeple in spittal, austria)

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