The prospect of all or nothing can be daunting when we're faced with it in significant areas of our lives. When we are trying to take on something and know it means giving up something else, we often try to split ourselves to find a compromise and fit both into our lives.
There are many times when an all or nothing ultimatum is unattractive to us because of the fear of missing out (or FOMO). FOMO isn't restricted to millennials but can characterise the choices that many believers make when it comes to their faith.
Have you ever convinced yourself that you don't have to give up something that clearly conflicts with your faith? Periods of compromise don't automatically make you a lukewarm Christian, but a continued pattern of behaviour which reveals a lack of commitment to God does.
When it comes to God, we shouldn't be afraid or put off by the need to give our all. If you think you're a lukewarm Christian or know someone that is, then these Bible verses will help you see why there can be no in between when it comes to loving Him.
Revelation 3:15-16 - I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
1 John 2:15-16 - Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
Titus 1:16 - They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Matthew 7:21-23 - "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
Luke 6:46 - "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
1 Corinthians 13:2 - If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?
Isaiah 29:13 - The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honour 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."