Turn Up the Heat Spiritually
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but the temperatures don’t always see it that way. Sometimes June can be quite cool, but we long for the heat. Just as we desire for summer to be hot, God desires for our spiritual life to be “hot.” In her May 26, 2022 devotion for Our Daily Bread, Patricia Raybon writes the following:
Temperatures where we live in Colorado can change quickly—sometimes within a few minutes. So my husband, Dan, was curious about the temperature differences in and around our home. As a fan of gadgets, he was excited to unpack his latest “toy”—a thermometer showing temperature readings from four “zones” around our house. Joking that it was a “silly” gadget, I was surprised to find myself frequently checking the temperatures too. The differences inside and out fascinated me.
Jesus used temperature to describe the “lukewarm” church in Laodicea, one of the richest of the seven cities cited in the book of Revelation. A bustling banking, clothing, and medical hub, the city was hampered by a poor water supply, so it needed an aqueduct to carry water from a hot spring. By the time the water arrived in Laodicea, however, it was neither hot nor cold.
The church was tepid too. Jesus said, “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). As Christ explained, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent” (v. 19). Our Savior’s plea remains urgent for us too. Are you spiritually neither hot nor cold? Accept His correction and ask Him to help you live an earnest, fired-up faith.
As spring turns into summer, be sure to remain intentional about your walk with God so that you are thriving spiritually each day with Him. Don’t let your faith turn lukewarm or cold. Keep it on fire by participating with the church in worship and Bible study, by disciplining yourself to pray and read God’s Word each day, by being generous, and by staying in contact with your Christian church family and friends.