“The Perfect Temp!”

This Weeks Meditation:  “The Perfect Temp!”
Read: Revelation 3:14-22

With the excessive heat and humidity this week many people have been talking about the weather.  This is nothing new except that so often we are complaining about it being either too hot or too cold.  I wonder what the people in San Diego complain about, the average yearly temp. there is a lukewarm 71 degrees.

However, lukewarm is not always the best.  In the Bible that word is used only one time and it is not in a positive way at all.  Revelation 3:16 is a part of a letter to the church in Laodicea and it says, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot or cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”  Perhaps lukewarm is not all it seems?

What this letter is really talking about is when believers start to go through the motions and take their faith for granted.  When life is easy we too often forget the one in Christ who is our provider, deliverer, and Savior.  When life get’s tough he is often the first place we turn.

That is good, Jesus wants us to turn to him during those difficult times but he also wants us to stay in tune with him when we are having the perfect day and things are going great.  We dare not become complacent as it appears the church in Laodicea had fallen into.

Verses 21-22 in the Message Bible are paraphrased to say, “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!  Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

let’s not just knock at the door when then temp. is turned up or down in our life, let’s be a consistent visitor even when life is 70 degrees and sunny.  Stay on fire for Jesus, alive in His Word, and don’t let your faith become lukewarm.

Make it personal:  Maybe we should try talking about the faithfulness of God to others as much as we talk to them about the weather.  Hmmm…. who knows where that type of conversation may lead?

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church