The lukewarm Christian
Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Before moving to Olney, I would say without a doubt that I was a lukewarm Christian. Not that I did not wholeheartedly believe that God sent his only begotten Son to die on the cross for my sins. (John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.)
The fact was I felt I believed and thought that was enough. I didn’t want God getting in the way of my plans. When, in fact, I should have been making my plans fit around my worship to God.
My wife and I tried many churches before we fell in love with the people, we now call family at Southside Baptist Church of Olney and joined as members. There was not anything wrong with the other churches. They were filled with wonderfully warm people as well. We just felt an instant connection, a conviction I would say that this is where we belonged. I explain this part of my story because this is where I started to learn about being a devoted follower of Christ. Slowly I started adding more of what the church had to offer over time. One class called “Kingdom Men” I found particularly connected to. It’s for men of the church and community to come together and discuss what it takes to be a Christian man in these times we live in. We devote time to learning the Bible with time talking about how as men of the community what we need to be to serve God as leaders for our town. It was through this class and the many lessons I have been learning through Pastor Andy’s sermons each Sunday that I came to realize that yes, I was indeed a lukewarm Christian and that it was time to step up and commit wholeheartedly to Jesus Christ and my Church.
1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” --this is the lesson I have slowly been learning. I am kind of hard-headed that way.
I believe by God leading me to Olney and my church home, He showed me that I should be seeking God out in all things I do both publicly and privately. I have been surrounded by this everywhere I go in my new hometown, and it has truly helped me embrace my new spiritual growth.
Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsted for thee, my flesh longed for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
I will continue to earnestly seek to be closer to Jesus as I grow spiritually even though I will falter along the way it will not hinder my path to the Lord God.
If you would like to attend Kingdom Men’s Bible Study, you would be very welcome. The meetings generally last between one hour to an hour and 30 minutes.
Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at 1006 Mockingbird Lane, Olney, Texas Call 940-564-2128 for more information.