In Or Out


When I was a kid we lived in an old country house with white wooded siding and screen doors that would slam so loud you could hear it across the country side. As a kid you know that one of my biggest joys was running through these doors a thousand times a day forcing my mom to say those wonderful commanding words, “In or out. Make up your mind!”

How can a kid do that?  Son… just choose, chocolate or vanilla, Snake Eyes or Sgt. Slaughter, Easton or Louisville Slugger, Levis or Wranglers, Sun-Drop or Dr. Pepper, Ride in the back of the truck or… naw, nothing beats riding in the back of the truck. No decision to make there. But you get my point. Life is full of making hard choices like these.

But there is one choice that shouldn’t be hard to make; hot, cold, or lukewarm. Jesus said let your yes be yes and your no be no (Matthew 5:37). There is no such thing in the Hebrew language from any studies I have done for the word maybe. This is because when you say your gonna do something, do it. If you’re not gonna do something, don’t say you will try, or that you’ll see. Say no and don’t give the person the run-around.

There are a couple of things that make me mad to no end that is part of my everyday life. One is stereo amp in my truck. There’s a short in one of the wires and when I take a curve to sharp or I hit a bump hard enough, it looses the lows. It makes the radio sound like an old a.m. radio.

The other thing is we have an indoor antenna that the box raved that we should pick up around thirty channels. Along with the digital converter box the government forced us into buying if we didn’t get a digital tv. So now when a wind comes through or a helicopter flies over it scrambles the signal and we can’t even watch the TWO channels that we can pick up.

It’s not doing what is says it will do. It’s lukewarm. And if these things make me as angry as they do, I can only imagine how disappointed God gets in us and how angry He will be on THAT day when we stand before Him as a lukewarm Christian.

Are you lukewarm? Are you hot? Are you cold? Whichever you are trying to be, you better make up your mind. Either in or out!!!

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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