It’s either your black or white. For God or for the devil. There really isn’t an in-between in Christianity. Frankly, God doesn’t have time for that. He even said it in Revelations 3: 15 – 16 (ESV), ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.’ This is however the kind of Christianity we’re practising this day. Hot. Cold Christianity. Hot on Sunday, cold every other day of the week, except there’s midweek service, then we’re hot.
Just imagine if you wanted to make coffee and the water kept on changing its temperature, hot one second, cold the next. Out of frustration you’ll throw the water out. God threw the Israelites out of his mouth so many times, but they never really learnt a lasting lesson, they always went back to their vomit. 2 Peter 2: 21 – 22 (NIV), ‘It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: A dog returns to its vomit and a sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud’. God’s grace and mercy towards us is so immeasurable. But the Bible in Romans 6: 15 (KJV) says, ‘Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!’
This was brought on by a verse I read yesterday. James 3: 10 (NIV), ‘Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be’. With our mouths we bless God and with the same mouth we curse men made in the image and likeness of God. My brother, pick a struggle. You can’t eat your cake and have it. It’s either your mouth is bring out purely positive things, or its bringing out purely negative things.
Galatians 6: 7 (NIV), ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows’. You can’t continue to profess Christ as your Lord and Saviour and refuse to let go of all the things you needed saving from in the first place. It doesn’t really make sense. You don’t win a court case and keep on visiting the courthouse, you move on. There’s nothing there for you anymore. You realised where you were or what you were doing were not what you ought to have been doing and you decided to give your life to Christ.
Why then are we still hung on the person we were before Christ?