“I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)
John’s words in Revelation are a bit brutal, don’t you think? Brutal, but they have to make you think. These words were not written idly and for no reason. John looked at the church at Laodicea and he responded in a way that would hopefully cause them to do some inner reflection and make some changes.
As I read these words I have to think, what about each of us? What are we passionate about, if anything? Has our faith and belief in the power of God working in our lives become lukewarm because we have gone on auto-pilot and just move through our days in a lackluster and defeatist manner?
John was asking the church in Laodicea to have a fire within them. He was asking them to remember why God is important to them, and how that fire might ignite purposeful expressions of God’s presence in their world.
These things are being asked of us as well. If we put our faith and belief into practice, living it each and every day as a vital part of who we are, as vital as our breathing, our eating and our very existence, then it can not be lukewarm, lest we allow the everyday struggles of humanity to overwhelm and overtake us. Having the fire of conviction that God is with us in each thing that we do, in each thought that we have and in each purpose for which we proclaim, changes not only us but the world around us. We are meant to have a passion for God’s presence in our lives and in the world and to live that passion, not as a special “sometimes” event, but as the normal everyday blessing we have been given. God energy, God vibration, God presence moves through our veins and is the oxygen that causes us to see our life in a truer, more divine way.
Remember, the true meaning of “eternal life” is the quality of the life we live now. Be not lukewarm. Burn hot, burn with a passion to experience life in its fullest. Burn with the belief that with God on your side you are blessed and blessed abundantly.
Affirmation: “My passion for life is the realization that God is forever with me at this and every moment.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
Please join us each Sunday for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
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