– Secret Place Insights –
Dear one, I sat my coffee mug down beside my coffee warmer, and turned it on, but did not move the mug to the top of the warmer. So while I was having a quiet-time, the warmer was throwing out heat and the coffee, just a few inches away, was cooling off.
When I noticed what I had done, it reminded me of lukewarm Christian living. Even though God is near, when we get distracted our love for Him cools off. I hate it when I allow this to happen for there never seems to be a day that I am not in need of His guidance.
Thankfully, for a Christian, making the move to drawing nearer to God can be almost as easy as moving the mug to the warmer. For God is actually nearer than the mug to the heat. God indwells His own. Now, that’s close, close indeed! BUT, God seldom engages with us, until we engage with Him.
From experience I can say, that when we do draw near to Him again, He is always welcoming. Although, I have had a few times, through the impression of the Holy Spirit, when God insisted that before I return again in prayer, I had to make something right… that was wrong.
What happens when we take a sip of lukewarm coffee? Do we spit it out? No, we’d like to, but then we’d have a mess to clean up! So, we don’t, but when it comes to lukewarm Christians, God does not hesitate. He spits us out!
“But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold,
I will spit you out of my mouth!” Revelation 3:16
At first consideration, such reaction seems somewhat ungodly, doesn’t it? But when, one considers the damaging witness of a lukewarm Christian, for it turns people away from God, we can understand His reaction. Lukewarm is mockery, and God will not be mocked.
“For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of
the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7
Recently, I talked with a man, who teared up when he mentioned that his adult children had no interest in the things of God, and that they did not even want to hear any mention of Him. I asked what church he and his wife attended. “Well, we actually haven’t been attending. It’s summer. We have a boat. Sunday is the only day for us to get out on the water.”
I could not help but wonder if the watery eyes were for both him and his children. He knew full well that God gives us six days, and asks for only one day in return. What many Christians do not realize is that once lovingly given, God makes of that day a special gift to Man. Sadly, that is seldom discovered while in the lukewarm stage, it takes a rise in temperature.
I moved the mug to the warmer and continued reading. My next sip of coffee was satisfying, but not nearly as satisfying as the warmth of God’s love.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9”
Blessings for another week,
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