Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Check the Temperature

“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 3:15-16

I have a thermometer mounted outside my kitchen window so that I can check the temperature every morning before I set out to walk the dog. I want to know how warmly I need to bundle up. Even in the summertime mornings can be cool, and I might want a light jacket. God checks our temperature every day when we walk in faith. He wants to know if we’re hot or cold or lukewarm. If we’re “hot,” then we’re eager to live God’s word. If we’re “cold,” then we’re unresponsive to God’s word. In that case, God’s spirit will warm our hearts so that his word comes to life in us. But if we’re lukewarm, then we’re halfhearted about the gospel, neither living it fully nor rejecting it entirely. How disappointing that must be for God! Our lukewarm witness gives others the wrong idea about the transformative power of God’s forgiveness and love. Before each of us sets out to walk in faith today, let’s check our temperature. If we’re cool, let us pray to God to warm our hearts.

Dear God, Make me “hot” to live your word. Amen

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