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November 13, 2018, 9:28 AM

Testing The Temperature

There are all kinds of ways to test the temperature. Sometimes before I go outside I look at the phone and see what the temperature is. It was kind of depressing this morning when it said 15 degrees! Sometimes you dip your toes in the water to test the temperature of the pool. You might stick your finger in the coffee to see if it's hot enough. (only do this to your own coffee.) All of these make sense, but how do you test to see if you are lukewarm, cold or hot in your service to God? And what does this really mean? 

In Revelation chapter three there's a message to one of the seven churches of Asia. God had a specific message for each of these churches. Some were more positive than others, but they all had a challenge. The church in Laodicea got a particulary challenging message. God tells them that they are neither hot nor cold but they are LUKEWARM. Here's part of the message that he gives to them:

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've heard  some argue that the worst emotion is not hate it's apathy. God can do something with your love, he can do something with your hate, but if you just don't care he can't do anything with that. If you don't care there's just no change that can happen. 

So what's the temperature of your soul? Are you sold out to God or are you just sticking your toes in the water? 

There are some good things to consider to see if you are lukewarm. These are written in Francis Chan's book, Crazy Love, and I think they are really good things to think about:

LUKEWARM people attend church somewhat regularly because it's what's expected of them by others. It's not necessarily what they really want to do. 

LUKEWARM people give money to the church and to charity as long as it's of the extra they have and really doesn't cause them to sacrifice at all. 

LUKEWARM people tend to choose what's popular over what's right so that they can be approved of by their peers. 

LUKEWARM people don't really want to be saved from their sins, they want to saved from the penalty of their sins. 

LUKEWARM people are moved by stories of people who do radical things for God, but they don't act.

I know that some of these statement, if not all, have described me at times. I would dare to say that they have described you, too. So take this as a challenge. I know the truth can hurt but the truth can also heal. Jesus said that that truth will set us free. So consider the statements about what being lukewarm means and does it appy to you. Be honest with yourself and you might just turn up the heat a little.  



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