July 21st, 2011 by bro
At the conclusion of last week’s youth bowhunter camp in Nebraska, we celebrated the end of having to eat camp food by taking the kids to Pizza Hut for lunch. It was a buffet-style, help-yourself kind of deal, and like his dad, my little boy, Aidan, loves to help himself. He loves the freedom of pickin’ and choosin’ whatever he wants to eat. Everything was going good…until Aidan discovered the salad bar. Just moments before we pushed back from the table to leave, Aidan’s buddy (also named Aidan) came up to me and said that Aidan was at the salad bar eating peaches. He went on to say that Aidan really didn’t like the taste of the peaches so he was spitting them back into the bowl. Not his bowl! The bowl of peaches in the middle of the salad bar! I wasn’t sure whether to laugh, whip my son, or run out of Pizza Hut as fast as we could. When I asked Aidan why he spit the peaches back out, he simply said, “I didn’t like ‘em. They were nasty!”
This entertaining misadventure with my son reminded me of the fact that our lives can be lived in such a way that would make God want to puke. Proverbs 3:16 says, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Lukewarm water makes for a pretty nasty drink. It’s quite repulsive and often gets spit out as quickly as it’s taken in.
The Lord uses this passage as He confronts a people that had failed to take a stand for anything. Their indifference had led to ineffectiveness….and it made God sick.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to make God sick because of my ineffectiveness for the Kingdom of God. We can’t continue to ride the fence as we stroll through life. We must choose one way or the other. Joshua 24:15 says, “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve….But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Does God look upon your life like a proud father and say, “That’s my boy!” or does your life make him want to puke? Choose today to live a life that counts. Don’t settle for half-hearted idleness that leads to a wasted life for God. Live for Him today!