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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: What's Your Temperature?
By Kathy Davidson


Hot and cold, reminds me of the temperature of my home state of Alabama. So goes the saying in Alabama, if you don’t like the weather, wait a day and it will change. Of course we are never satisfied, if it is hot, bright, and sunny, we get burned and run inside for the AC. If it is cold, we complain about what happened to the sunny South and hit Wal-Mart for space heaters to keep at our feet. What about our spiritual temperature? We use weather terminology to describe our spiritual climate. Our young people are “on fire for God.” Our teachers’ and pastors’ have “grown cold in the ministry.” We measure the temperature of our churches as the “frozen chosen” or the sermon was so full of “fire and brimstone” we could feel the flames nipping at our feet.

Jesus in his message to the Laodicean church of Revelation used temperature when he described the churches spiritual condition. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” There are not too many things that I can think of that I want lukewarm. I don’t want lukewarm soup, tepid ice tea, or cool, cheese congealed pizza. Can’t we identify with Jesus when he says that the lukewarm he will spit out of his mouth? Who aspires to be counted with the spit?

The Church of Laodicea was a materially wealthy church. But spiritual prosperity and wealth had dulled their senses for the hurting needy people around them and the very church that should have had the most “heat” due to her material blessings, patted itself on the back and became the church of the lukewarm.

Most theological commentaries suggest that the church of Laodicea represents a church of the last days. A church that has lost it’s zeal for God and sits on its padded pews full of self-satisfaction, and self-importance. And I fear that the commentators may be right. Watch Sunday morning television evangelist and the message is not what can you do for Jesus, but what He can do for you financially. And for an extra gift your needs will be taken before Him in the Holy Land. I am not against positive, uplifting, messages from God’s Word, and I do believe that He came to give me life and “Life more abundantly”. And “life more abundantly” is not just about cold, hard cash. For no one is really living in prosperity until their life is measured in works for Him with the motivation to give back to Him for all His done for me and counting those works as nothing compared to His work for you and I on the cross.

In engineering the term spit is to light a fuse. Now that is the kind of spit which we should aspire. In lighting a fuse we create a series of events which leads to an explosion of something exceptionally exciting or wonderful. Heat rises, and so do we if we go for the life that Jesus mean for us to live. A life that is warm and vibrant, which reaches out to the cold and lonely of this world and says, come in and warm yourself by the fire. And as we say in Alabama, take off your coat and stay awhile. You’ll be glad you did!

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Jan Ackerson 04/16/09
Funny, I thought that saying about not liking the weather was about my own home state of Mighigan!

Watch out for apostrophe use; I found errors in both plurals and possessives.

Encouraging and thought-provoking.