Q. After reading your updated study on the seven churches of Rev. 2-3 I have a question. How can a true believer be lukewarm? Is that even possible?
A. I think that sooner or later lukewarm becomes the natural state for many believers because they have so many competing interests. Some of these interests don’t involve God at all and actually distract Christians from their walk with Him.
For instance one of the interests that consumes most of our time and energy is earning a living. It takes a tremendous amount of both, but often God is not a part of it at all. Even our so-called religious works can keep us from having a closer relationship with the Lord. We can become so busy doing things for Him that we don’t have any time left to just be with Him.
I think we’d all be surprised to realize how compartmentalized our lives are. Some of those compartments include a space for God, but most don’t. That’s why the Lord told us to focus on seeking His kingdom and His righteousness and not to worry about earthly things (Matt.6:31-34). It’s also why Paul warned us not to conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), and to fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).
One of the biggest challenges we face as believers is to avoid taking our relationship with the Lord for granted, putting Him on the shelf like a child would do with a toy he no longer plays with but still wants to keep.