Sunday, March 01, 2009
Turn it up.....
This photo (which my church has purchased from istock!) graphically illustrates a word given to us as a church to turn up the heat in certain areas of our corporate life. It's exciting but its a word that requires a response - from hearts turned towards God.
My thoughts turn towards the warning given to the church in Laodicea (Rev 3:16)
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
I find this comment about the Laodicean church quite disturbing. Even more so the thought that this could actually be a description of the state of one's heart without realising it. The moment you think "that can't possibly be me!!" is the moment you probably need to think that it just might be.
I so want to be a person who is passionate and on fire for God. Sometimes unhelpful thoughts and remembrances cloud my brain and I have to fight on through. In the past week this has been specially true and I have been helped by reading two passages in particular - the beatitudes and Colossians 1.
God, I want to see your kingdom come on earth as it is on heaven. I want to give my life for that and not for my own selfish ends. My SP pointed out that my (our) own selfish ends really come into everything we say and do most of the time. Gulp. He's right of course, which is annoying (if I'm brutally honest!)
What tips or pointers do you have when you are aware of lukewarmness in your church or in your own life?