Prodigal: My friend wanted to hear more about lukewarm people.
Me: Well, I was just reading about it so I will share.
This is from the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Lukewarm people are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22)
“Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:17)
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work today in the vineyard. “I will not,” he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. The the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, “I will sit, but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted? “The first, ” they answered” (Matt 21:28-31).
We are all called to stand for Christ. That means the radical will happen because standing firm, and not compromising today means that we will have enemies. That means that people will hurt us, and disappoint us. We are called to continue even when that happens.
O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
Jennifer Van Allen