Regaining our Christian Identity

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, October 08, 2019

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 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. Revelation 3:14-16

This past Saturday, I watched the Golden State Warriors play the Lakers. The team was almost unrecognizable. The players looked slower and overmatched by the Lakers. It was as if the team did not have an identity. They did not play like a team that made it to the last four NBA finals. I did not recognize many of the players. Even Stephen Curry and Draymond Green looked unpolished.

Granted, it was a pre-season game. However, I doubt the identity issue of that team is going to be resolved during the regular season. What was clear is that the team looked lost. The team played as if it did not belong on the same court as the Lakers. They lacked confidence, and the chemistry among players was lacking.

Many Christians are lukewarm in their spiritual walk because they forget about their identity as overcomers. Some go through the motion of going to church. However, they lack the passion for representing Christ in holiness and for proclaiming the gospel with boldness. Consequently, it is difficult for the world to be influenced by their testimony.

Consistency is a challenge for most Christians. Even after we have had a major victory or benefited from a mighty miracle of God, we sometimes face our next challenges with fear and act out of character from our Christian identity. It is in times of adversity that our Christian identity should become more visible.

In today's text, Jesus told the church in Laodicea to regain its identity as a member of the body of Christ. He warned them that they could not remain lukewarm. The city of Laodicea was known for the nauseous lukewarm water that was unsuitable for drinking because it was a mixture of water from the hot springs mixed with water from the cold springs. The contrast is between the hot medicinal waters of Hieropolis and the cold pure waters of Colossae." Thus, the church was providing neither refreshment for the spiritually weary, nor healing for the spiritually sick.

In short, the church in Laodicea did not have an identity. Jesus wanted them to regain their Christian identity so they can do his kingdom work. He wanted them to remember all their deeds of the past, the victories they have won, and the price that was paid for their salvation.

Unfortunately, too many Christians allow their circumstances to determine their behavior because they forget that they are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37). They allow themselves to get tossed and driven by the issues of life because they forget who they are in Christ Jesus. Some even backslide into the world because they do not know to realize the power they have to resist trials and temptations.

Let us not forget that we are joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). The Bible calls us ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Jesus gave us the power to do greater works than he did (John 14:12). So then, we do not have the luxury to be lukewarm.

We have to pray for God to help us stand firm on our faith so we can work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Then the world will see Christ in us and be drawn to the light of our salvation. It is never too late to regain our Christian identity.

Prayer- Father, I pray for those who are struggling in their Christian walk. Help them to stand firm in their faith so their light can shine wherever they go.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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