“So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
Sometimes one who is very cold to the Lord is closer to the spirit of Christ that one who is lukewarm. So many are just middle folk who simply go with the flow. The Lord desires those who will love Him. That takes action and being indifferent is meaningless. The Lord says that such uncommitted people will not be amongst those who are with Him forever. Pay attention and take heed.
We live in a culture where being “nice” is considered a virtue. I may not like someone, but I’ll be “nice” to them. This kind of behavior is anathema to the Lord. It is a lie. It is action with no heart. It is political. It is fearful action in a hostile world. The Lord seeks those who will take a stand and hold fast to the Gospel even when it costs them to take a stand. Do not deny the Lord by being “Nice,” but proclaim Him in thought, word, and deed.
Lord, I am conditioned by this world on what is or is not appropriate behavior. You have told me, now help me to listen. Guide me according to Your goodness to stand firm and hold fast to the truth You have revealed. Even if it offends my neighbor in church on Sunday morning, let me speak truth humbly and graciously. Lord Jesus, You did not compromise to save me. Help me not compromise You as I walk the journey You have placed before me. Amen.