Lukewarm Temps

I'm not a fan of the weather this time of the year. I'm not speaking of the wind and rain that come along, or even the passing snowstorm. No, what I get sick of is the constant change in temperature. 70s one day, 40s the next. Do we need the furnace? Should we put away the extra blankets? Time to put away the winter pajamas? The answers to these questions change from day to day.

Case in point, on Monday I threw on a t-shirt and shorts to go to school and then to town. As soon as I stepped out of the house I realized my error. "No problem," I thought. "It will warm up like yesterday." It did not. And on Tuesday I wore a hoodie and jeans, and today I was back to winter gear for my walk to school.

It's more of an annoyance than anything. Just get to summer temps and stay there, and when fall comes get to winter temps and stay there. This fluctuation is getting old.

As I was thinking about it this morning it reminded me of Jesus' words in Revelation 3:15-16. When He is speaking to the church at Laodicea He says, "you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!" They are not on fire for God anymore. They have a lackadaisical attitude toward serving Him. As a result Jesus says, "So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." That's a scary thought! Jesus was saying that because of your fence-riding attitude He's ready to be done with you.

But, I think if you really pause for a second it becomes clear why Jesus feels this way. In your business, your team, your church, your family, if you have that person who is like "whatever" to hard work or the success of whatever you are trying to do, don't you want them gone. Especially if the next minute they are thinking this is the most important thing EVER! That kind of back and forth attitude will drive any of us crazy.

However, what scares me most about that word "lukewarm" is it reminds me of my coffee in the morning. It doesn't take lukewarm very long to be cold. I do not want to be cold when it comes to loving and serving my Father in heaven.

So this morning as you bundle up for the 39 degree temps and dream of the days when it will be sunny with a high of 75, remember to keep your temperature high for God.

Now I'm going to open a window. It's getting stuffy in here.


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