Chapter 4 of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, is brilliant – yet scary. It is entitled Profile of the lukewarm.
Referring to the parable of the sower Chan repeatedly states, “don’t assume you are good soil”, and then describes lukewarm people as a challenge to rise into hot blooded passion for Jesus Christ.
Over the next few days I am going to share his list of what lukewarm people look like. I will post one a day until we reach the end. It is not an easy read but in the book Chan tells us that the Bible says to test ourselves so it a good thing. Make sure you take time, read the posts thoughtfully and prayerfully, be careful not to miss the challenge and call of the Holy Spirit.
Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.
Isaiah 29:13 (NIV), “The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
Watch this and see the celebration after he scores. Can you do it?
…in a Dilbert cartoon. I am sure at sometime in my childhood I was told honesty is the best policy. I am not sure it is true when working with Christians.
A word that has frequented my lips – in case you don’t know what it means,
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Joan was burned at the stake aged nineteen though not before she had led an incredible life. These words are reported to have been spoken by her when she knew she would die, and having had the chance to recant and be spared.
“Everyone gives their life for what they believe. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing and yet they give their life to that little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it, and then it’s gone. But to give up what we you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying, even more terrible than dying young.”
Joan of Arc
It was the practice, he [John Wesley] says, of all the Oxford Methodists to give away each year all they had after providing for their own necessities. He himself, having thirty pounds a year, lived on twenty-eight, and gave away two. The next year, receiving sixty pounds, he still lived on twenty-eight and gave away thirty-two. The third year he received ninety pounds and gave away sixty-two. The fourth year he received one hundred and twenty pounds, and still lived on twenty-eight as before, giving to the poor all the rest.
The Wesley Center for Applied Theology.
I have quoted this all over the place but it never fails to challenge me when I read it:
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”
New Frontiers Missionary