Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is …Â Compromise.
A quick look in the dictionary confirms the definition: “a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands” (dictionary.com).
We learn the art of compromise early on in life. We often compromise with children in letting them stay up ten minutes more, play outside a bit longer, or have one more cookie.
As we get older, we make compromises with dinner decisions when choosing steak or chicken, or what to watch on TV at night.
Compromise can bring about a peaceful solution with both sides satisfied to have obtained some of their desires.
Yet there is one area where we cannot compromise – our faith.
The word prompt immediately brought to mind the words of Jesus as recorded by John in the book of Revelation. Jesus was addressing the church in Laodicea:
“”˜I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”Â (Revelation 3:15-16, NASB)
It’s a sober word which was delivered to the Laodiceans, and to all since. Lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, just in the middle.
When lukewarm, one doesn’t know their need for Christ. In a stupor of complacency, they go through the motions of daily life independent of Jesus. In a lukewarm state, we develop a self-sufficiency and an ability to get through situations apart from the guidance and wisdom of God.
A lukewarm faith is neither here nor there.
A lukewarm faith lacks the ability to warm or comfort a cold heart. A lukewarm faith lacks the ability to cool down a heart raging with hot or angry emotions.
May we not compromise in our faith. May we move from being independent to dependent on God for our every need and the choices we make.
Funny thing, I’ve been listening to Keith Green songs lately, and so I share these words and his song:
“Make my life a prayer to Youno compromiseI wanna do what you want me to No empty words and no white lies No token prayersI wanna shine the light You gaveThrough Your Son You sent to save us From ourselves and our despair It comforts me to know You’re really there.”