“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. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” Revelation 3:15-17
I live in southern NJ, close enough to the shore that a “day at the beach” is easy but far enough to avoid the tourist traffic and attitudes. There are winters that we don’t see snow at all; the water keeps it rainy. Not this winter; it is still January and we have had three measurable snow storms. This year, because of cold front direction, the same water is serving as ammunition for the storms. Only the Lord knows why; that’s ok with me. I like the snow; it is beautiful but I don’t enjoy being “stuck” in the house. Yet, this time rather than just being bored, I’ve been contemplative … perusing scriptural writings, musing my worldview. I’ve known about the above words of God for many years but being “closed in” has opened my mind to it a little more. How am I lukewarm? Is it the same as being tolerant or politically correct?
I’m thinking that, in my case, these three attitudes are the same; according to God’s words, I need to allow the Spirit of God to make some big changes! The first thing I need to do is allow God to build a fire in my Spiritual life; I need to open my heart to being vocal~ emotionally, spiritually, and physically~ about my faith in God and my desire to walk in HIS PATH! God has blessed my overwhelmingly since my Mom walked through the gates of Heaven and ran into the arms of Jesus but, in many ways, the joy of my life as Rick’s wife, our shared excitement of grand-parenting, and walking through the grief of Mom’s passing, my daughter’s illness, my son-in-love’s joblessmess (wrong spelling is intentional), my son’s divorce, both daughter-in-loves’ adjustments, and the roller coaster emotions of having an aging parent; all have depleted my Spiritual fervor. Sadly, I’ve allowed the fire of Spiritual excitement to burn down … way too low!
I have had serious episodes of depression… I haven’t kindled my passion for Women’s Christian Counseling… I’ve been passively silent in my belief that God has NO ITENTION of being tolerant of sinful behavior… I’ve back-stepped in my desire to recognize life’s glass as ALWAYS half-full, to become a positive example of the love of God. I’ve become, in my desire to not offend anyone, have become lukewarm… THIS MUST CHANGE; I do not want to be spit out by God!!
O to be like You, Blessed Redeemer, This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
(Chorus) O to be like You! O to be like You! Blessed Redeemer, pure as You art;
Come in Your sweetness, come in Your fullness; Stamp Your own image deep on my heart.
O to be like You, full of compassion, Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, Seeking the wandering sinner to find.
O to be like You, lowly in spirit, Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches, Willing to suffer others to save.
O to be like You, Lord, I am pleading, Pour out Your Spirit, fill me with love;
Make me a temple, clean for Your dwelling, Fit me for life and Heaven above.
Words: Thomas O. Chisholm 1897
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick
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