Today I will take my spiritual temperature. If it is lukewarm, I pray that it becomes hot and passionate.

Revelation 15-18

“I know your works. You are neither cold with apathy nor hot with passion. It would be better if you were one or the other, but you are neither. So because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. You claim, ‘I am rich, I have accumulated riches, and I need nothing’; but you do not realize that you are miserable, pathetic, poor, blind, and naked. So here is what I suggest you do: buy true gold from Me (gold refined by fire so that you can be truly rich), white garments (to cover you so that you can keep the shame of your nakedness from showing), and eye ointment (to treat your eyes so that you may see clearly). The Voice

(Laodicea, to whom this letter was addressed, was famous for banking, black wool, and medicine, particularly an eye salve. Its strengths became its weaknesses and misdirected loyalty from Christ.)

“Unguarded strength is actually a double weakness because that is where the least likely temptations will be effective in sapping strength. The Bible characters stumbled over their strong points, never their weak ones. ”Joab had defected to Adonijah, though he had not defected to Absalom. 1 KINGS 2:28. “Joab withstood the greatest test of his life, remaining absolutely loyal to David by not turning to follow after the fascinating and ambitious Absalom. Yet toward the end of his life he turned to follow after the weak and cowardly Adonijah.”
Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, April 19

You have weathered the waves. Now beware the undercurrent.

Today I will take my spiritual temperature before approaching God’s altar and, if I am lukewarm, pray to be inflamed.

First posted December 29, 2021