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What's your temperature?
September 5, 2011
by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God Church, Cokato

Have you ever had a glass of water that was once cold, but because it sat out too long, it got warm? Have you ever had a cup of coffee or tea that had cooled too much? In each case, the desired effect of refreshment had been lost.

In the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks through John the Beloved to the church of Laodicea regarding their state of spirituality. He says this in verses 15 and 16 of Chapter 3: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

At first blush, this could be interpreted to mean that the Lord would have wanted them hot (on-fire) toward Him or cold (turned-off) away from Him. But there is another interpretation. In the same way that hot water and cold water have their specific qualities and purposes, so our Christian walk should possess qualities specific to the Spirit’s use in us.

Does your life warm another, and like hot water, melt away the frigidness of bitterness or hurt in someone else? Do you cool and refresh another, and like cold water, ease the turmoil and heat of testing or trial?

In either case, our lives are to change lives around us. It’s the Spirit of God in us that makes it possible to be a soothing warmth of God’s love, or a cool refreshing of His peace in others.

One of the problems that the Laodicean church had was that they had lost the qualities the Spirit had given them to be effective for Christ. The influence of God’s presence and that of His Spirit had left them unchanged. They had become lukewarm – not possessing any qualities for change.

Friends, purpose with me to strive to allow the Spirit to change us. Once we are influenced by Him, then we can, in turn, effectively influence others for the kingdom.