Are You A Cold Light
Christian? Perhaps It's
Time to Take Your Spiritual Temperature
Cold light can be a good thing. A flashlight or a lightbulb that doesn't get too hot to the touch has been a long time in coming. Such lights provide less danger of burns and also use less energy. But there is still often something artificial about many of these lights. Pulsating neon that makes people sit under a green aura can impact one's mood and can even put you in an emotional funk.
Throughout history light has almost always been accompanied by heat. In so many places in our world both light and heat are sorely prized and needed for survival. A fireplace. A candle. An open wood stove. History is full of people who have died for the want of a warm fire in the middle of the vast darkness of night.
In the same way, a cold Christian is a bit of an oxymoron. If you have been saved from yourself and the harsh realities of the death and spiritual punishment you deserve for all your sin, how can you not feel hot towards the God who sent his Son to die on the cross in your place? To be a cold Christian is to be a dead Christian, and nothing is a bigger contradiction than someone who (thinks he) is trotting off to heaven with a frown on his face.
The light of Christ inevitably produces a strong sense of warmth in a believer's heart. When you sit in front of the fire on a cold dark night, you feel good. Warmed and energized by the comfort that the flickering flames bring to you. But if, during the middle of a long harsh night, your fire goes out, you will undoubtedly awake to a different set of feelings and emotion.
You immediately think, "how can I get this fire re-lighted? Where is my lighter? Where is the kindling? Is there enough wood to last the night?" In many cases, the answers you receive to those questions may be the difference between living and dying if you are in a frozen world.
In the same way, if you are a Christian and your fire has gone out, all you have in your heart and in your life is the cold memory of what you once believed. In such a condition, your salvation no longer means anything to you...
Woe is you. You need to let God break back
into your heart and melt the ice that has frozen out your spirit into a
lethargic state. If the ice crystals are so strong that you really don't
miss your former state in Christ you are in a true danger zone. People who
are about to freeze to death often feel warm right before they die.
Don't think that being a cold Christian is acceptable to God anymore than a cold love between a wife and her husband is acceptable within that relationship. Nothing is worse than to live in a house where two people daily cross paths, but never have any real interaction or love happen between them. They may have foolishly taken each other for granted and allowed their love to grow cold.
Life is too short to remain a cold Christian. I believe that you can freeze yourself out of heaven simply by taking such a disinterest in God that you lose all love for your former spiritual condition. Jesus did say one thing good about those who are cold hearted Christians. He would actually rather you be cold than lukewarm. Really? Yes, really. Here what Jesus had to say about lukewarm Christians:
"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." (Revelation 3:15-16 NASB)
believers are very unlikely to ever wake up out of the slumber they're in and return to
the things of God, because they don't really KNOW that they are lukewarm.
They think everything is fine with God so that they'll
never see the real hardness of their hearts and come once again to
They feel that they are rich and have become wealthy when in fact they are actually wretched and blind and naked. The problem is that they are unable to see their own spiritual condition for what it is. (Revelation 3:17).
At least if you're cold, you are much more likely to KNOW that you're no longer hot for God. That's the only reason I believe Jesus says he prefers a cold condition to those who are merely lukewarm. But don't be fooled by either condition. The end result of both is still the same. People in both conditions find themselves on the outside looking in at the kingdom of God.
Next Jesus says: "I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich..." (Revelation 3:18a NASB). This is what the Lord advises the lukewarm Christians (and the cold light believers as well) — buy gold from him that has been refined by fire so that they may become rich spiritually.
Now in our day although most governments are no longer on a gold standard, we still know that gold is one of the few forms of money that has lasting value. Unlike the worthless paper that our governments print to the tune of trillions of dollars (without nothing of any real backing it up) he says they need to have something of solid value.
During this time Rome was on a gold standard. There was no worthless paper currency flowing around like there is today. So anyone hearing this understood that gold was the ultimate standard for financial value. Once they had this gold, it was to be refined by fire to remove all of its impurities. This is a strong picture of what God wants to do in the lives of those who believe in him. He will test us by fire.
Believers who have been tested by this fire will be able to wear white garments and the shame of their spiritual nakedness will be covered (Revelation 3:18).
The the Lord goes on to say, "Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent." (Revelation 3:19 NASB). Again, remember that the meaning of repentance is to change your mind about your sin. (See How to Repent). This applies both to no believers as they come to Christ, but also to believers who need to continue repenting of the sin that so easily creeps back into our lives.
If you can see that in your lukewarm heart that you are really cold, then it is so important for you to let God re-ignite the fire inside of your heart. Also, check out the page on Dry Eyes Cold Prayer.