Making A Difference
• We sometimes feel that we do not seem to make a difference by our lives, but we can make a difference in someone else’s life.

• Introduction
• Often the problem lies in the fact that we are so small in comparison to this world, and we feel we need to make a difference in the world.
• With such lofty goals, everyone will admit defeat even before they make any effort at all.
• We need to make a difference in our world.
• Our world is where we dwell and interact with others.

• Introduction
• Today we are going to discuss the need to make a difference.
• The ability God gives us to make a difference.
• The effort we need to apply to make a difference.
• The realization that in order to make a difference in others, I must start with making a difference in me.

• Revelation 3:15-17
• “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot, I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say ‘I am rich and have become wealthy and have need of nothing’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked”

• Making A Difference
• We can relate to this if we look at the idea of cold and hot liquids.
• When its hot and you are working hard outside, you know that cold water or some other beverage cools you down INSIDE.
• When the weather is cold, nothing warms as well as a cup of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. It warms you up INSIDE.
• Either way, the liquid is to make a difference in how we feel.
• Luke warmness does not do this.

• Lukewarm Christians
• The problem with being lukewarm is that everything appears fine on the outside.
• They have the appearance of being good moral people, and we figure that is good enough for God most of the time.
• But that is a false perception.
• Lukewarm Christians do not make a difference in the people around them that God desires.

• Lukewarm Christians
• Lukewarm Christians have far too little impact on the lives of those whom they come in contact with.
• Sure, they have some good qualities,
• And maybe they feel good about themselves because of their good qualities.
• The truth is that these people are not totally devoted to God.

• Lukewarm Christians
Love God
• But not first in their life.
• They consider that only the “extreme” Christians actually love God with their whole heart.
• Logically, they know that God should come first, but they do not consistently place Him there.
• Matthew 6:33—”Seek first”
• Matthew 22:37-39—the first and second greatest commands.

• Lukewarm Christians
Are Not That Religious
• Sure, they know that serving God is important and all that.
• But they do not believe that making a spectacle of themselves to show how religious they are matters.
• They want just enough religion to settle their conscience and stay out of trouble.
• 2 Timothy 3:5—”holding to a form of godliness, but have denied its power”.

• Lukewarm Christians
Only Pretend To Love Others
• In theory, such a concept of loving others sounds good.
• But they rarely do something for others unless they can get something out of it.
• Doing good for others is usually limited to a few friends or family.
• And perhaps when it is convenient.
• Remember Matthew 22:39-40–to love your neighbor as yourself.

• Lukewarm Christians
Have Good Intentions
• Sure, SOMEDAY, I will teach my neighbor.
• SOMEDAY I will study my Bible like I should.
• SOMEDAY I will begin to attend every service.
• SOMEDAY I will make the necessary sacrifices.
• We are told to redeem our time and use it wisely. Ephesians 5:15-16.
• What do they say about the road to hell?

• Lukewarm Christians
Talk About Zeal
• This seems to be the “golden fleece” for these people.
• They talk about growing in zeal and knowledge and other spiritual things.
• But they never get around to it.
• Learning about the great zeal of others never inspires them to work towards making a difference (even in themselves).
• Hebrews 12:1-6—great witnesses should inspire us to focus upon Christ and run the race with endurance.

• Lukewarm Christians
Are Often Silent About Their Faith
• They sometimes do set a good example for others
• And sometimes they have a positive influence on others.
• Yet rarely do they take time to have a meaningful discussion about salvation or doctrine, or anything having to do with God.
• It is like they are ashamed of the gospel.
• Romans 1:16—not ashamed of the gospel

• Lukewarm Christians
Settle Into A One Sided Religion
• They will recognize that there is one true church and this is probably the one.
• But they do not integrate it into their lives.
• Holding on to sound doctrine is kept in the church building, but not carried about where they go.
• 2 Timothy 4:3-5—not endure sound doctrine;
• Ephesians 1:18-23

• Lukewarm Christians
Depend Upon Themselves
• They have not learned to put their trust in God.
• They arrange their lives so that they can remain comfortable.
• Just enough church to feel good about me.
• They believe God exists,
• But do not take the risk of defending Him.
• Proverbs 3:5-12

• Conclusion
• Unfortunately some of this may apply to you.
• We can get caught up in our comfort zones and fail to exercise pure religion and faith.
• Christians are to impact the world for good.
• Titus 3:14 “And let our people also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, that they may not be unfruitful”.
• Now you know why lukewarm is so disgusting to the Lord.
• Are you ready to make a difference?

By Carey Scott

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