Monday, October 26, 2015

Care For Some Lukewarm Coffee?

 
 
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I don't know about you, but I like my "hot' things....hot, and my "cold" things....cold!  According to the Word of God, He does too! That particular subject was the topic of conversation in my Christian Education class Sunday morning.  The following verses make God's stance on the situation clear. Revelation 3:15-16 "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."

Think about it.....how does something get to be lukewarm? Today while I was at work I poured a cup of coffee and instead of sitting it on my little cup warmer, I sat it on my desk. I was busy working on something on my computer and apparently it took longer than I thought because when I picked it up to take a drink it was......well......YUCK! I hate lukewarm coffee! I had to spit it out of my mouth! Has that ever happened to you? Of course it has!! It has happened to all of us with one thing or another.  You see.....my coffee spent too much time away from it's source of heat........

With that thought in mind we need to take some time to examine ourselves.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:5  "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." It isn't always easy to take some time and examine our relationship with God. Sometimes when we take some time to do that......we may find out some things about ourselves that we tried hard to bury. "Lukewarmness is not the inevitable result of being imperfect. We are all imperfect. Lukewarmness is the inevitable result of lack of love for God. The solution is not to push yourself into behaving perfectly; the solution is to cultivate your love for God." (Crazy Love, Frances Chan)  It is important for us to make sure that we remain connected to our Source, the One True God! If we do that, we will be connected to our heat source!

As you examine yourself, take some time to look up the following verses:
Isaiah 29:13
I Chronicles 21:24
Luke 21:1-4
Revelation 3:1
Matthew 23:5-7
Romans 6:1-2
James 1:22
James 4:17
Matthew 10:32-33
Luke 18:11-12
Matthew 22:37-38
Matthew 5:43-47
Colossians 3:2

You can bet that the next cup of coffee that I pour is going right on my cup warmer! I won't make that mistake again! There is nothing like taking a big swallow of lukewarm coffee, once that happens you try to make sure it doesn't happen again......right?! How much more important is it that we keep our relationship with God HOT?!
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