“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15-17
First, the tragedy of people who refuse to repent of their sins and believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for them and was raised from the dead and devote their lives to Him in exchange for forgiveness and the promise of an everlasting relationship with God instead of forever in hell and the lake of fire.
Second, the tragedy of people who have placed their faith in Christ as Lord but who are lukewarm in their relationship with Him and not fully devoted in their hearts and lives whereby they do not place Christ in their lives above everything and everyone else and do not live for Jesus according to God’s ways instead of living for self still hanging onto the world’s ways.
I have been part of both of the two greatest tragedies. I was an unbeliever who lived with my heart and back turned against God almighty living a life filled with wickedness and rebellion against God as I knew virtually nothing about the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible and God’s ways.
When I became a believer in Jesus Christ, for far too long, years even, with nobody around me to teach me to grow in my relationship with God, to truly follow Jesus, and not myself taking the steps to spend time with God daily studying His Word and learning to live by it, to find a good Bible-believing church, a pastor solidly grounded in and teaching God’s Word, and to connect to Christ’s body of followers, I was anything but wholeheartedly committed to God and His ways. I was nothing more than a baby believer headed ultimately for Jesus spewing me out for my lukewarm heart and life.
By God’s grace alone, He led me into a forever relationship with Himself and then later drew me out of the lukewarm waters in which I waded and into the deep waters of an ever growing deeply purposeful and deeply passionate relationship with Himself and has led me to a place of being on fire for Him and for telling the world about Him. Only by His grace. All for His glory.
I desperately urge you if you have not already to repent of your sins, to believe Christ died for you and was raised from the dead, and devote your life to Christ as Lord. And if you are already a believer in Christ, but find He is not number one in your life, that you lack a strong sense of purpose and passion for Him, and that you are not thrilled and excited about and deeply devoted to God and His ways and to helping others to find and follow Him, then may you repent from your lukewarmness and surrender yourself utterly to Jesus Christ once and for all and forever with fervor beyond measure and love beyond description for Christ forevermore, AMEN!