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Goldilocks Liked Lukewarm. God, Not So Much…

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.”

 

 

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There’s something about the fall that sparks conversations about the weather. People often share their favorite temperature ranges (I love 75-80 degrees), their preference of outdoor activities, and so on.

Some people prefer iced coffee; others like it hot; still others let it cool off just a little before taking that first sip.

It always reminds me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks tasted all of the bowls of porridge, looking for the one that was neither hot, nor cold. She wanted it “just right.”

God used temperature to express how He felt about Christians in the church at Laodicea. He said he’d prefer that people were cold (not zealous) or hot (zealous ). What He doesn’t like are “lukewarm” Christians. He even says He will “spew” them out of his mouth.

So, what are lukewarm Christians?

Based on what I have read, I am going to make some assumptions:

They lack the desire for daily prayer and Bible reading.

They give money to charities and church after they have met their own needs/wants.

They don’t really hate sin. They just don’t want to be punished.

They put what they want to do ahead of service to God and others.

They choose what is popular over what they know to be right. They don’t want to cause conflict or give up their social position and/or friendships for voicing their convictions.

They think more about life in the here and now, than about life after death.

They rarely share their faith.

They say they love God, but they often put their ultimate trust in themselves.

Most of us stand convicted of being lukewarm, at times. 

But, if it becomes a pattern in our lives, it is cause for concern.

If we are honest, the last thing we want to do is displease our Lord. The very thought should sadden us.

So, perhaps it is time for some honest self-examination.

It we are lukewarm, we need to turn to Him, now. Trust in Him. Stay close to Him each day in an attitude of adoration and desire to serve as He directs. Ask Him to show us how to live the victorious, obedient Christian life He wants for us.

The life that uplifts others.

The life that pursues holiness.

The life that glorifies Him.

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Flourish!

John 10:10b-“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Last month, I attended a Ladies Retreat. It was a wonderful time of fellowship with other women from my church.

Just like all other retreats I have been to, we had a theme that gave direction to each “session” and guided our worship time together.

Our theme:  FLOURISH: Grow! Thrive! Multiply!

The following thoughts are my interpretation of our speaker, Annie Kingrey’s, message to those who attended the retreat-

If we spend time in God’s Word, it will be of great comfort to us when trials come in our lives. We won’t be uprooted. In fact, we can thrive!

Said another way:  If we will stay in The Word during the in-between times (the lulls) we will put down deep roots. Then, when the storms of life come along, we won’t be uprooted. 

When we hear of the death of a loved one, when we receive an unfavorable diagnosis, when our job is in jeopardy, God’s Word will take us far beyond merely “coping” or “making it through.”

He says we can FLOURISH—amid the storm-tossed seas of life.

God isn’t just in the business of helping us get by. He wants to do far more than that.

This may be a radically new perspective for many of us, but God wants us to live a VICTORIOUS life…here…and NOW.

When the seas are calm.

When the tempest is churning all about us.

On the good days.

On the bad days.

EVERY day.

“It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive!

(Words from our theme song, Thrive, Mark Hall and Matthew West, 2014). 

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