Hot, Iced, or Lukewarm?

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Hot or iced.jpg

Revelation 3:15,16

My daughter and I were driving in the car the other day and we started talking about coffee for some reason. She said, “I either like it HOT, or ICED, but none of this lukewarm stuff that has been sitting around for a while!”

I am the same way. I also LOVE tea, since I am a Brit, I prefer it HOT! I have grown to like it iced also, and I like coffee either hot or iced. There is nothing like that first sip, though, of HOT tea, or HOT coffee. Sometimes I just want that first sip, and then I don’t need to drink the rest. Another of my daughters is like me in this way, too – I often find cups of coffee around the house with just a few sips taken out! My husband also leaves cups around his work shop with about half an inch of leftover tea in them, he meant to go back and finish it but got sidetracked, and when I collect them up after a while – there is MOLD growing in them – YYUUCCKKK!!

It got me to thinking…

In the book of Revelation, The Lord Jesus Christ is speaking to the Church at Laodicea and He rebuked them for being lukewarm! He wanted them to be salt and light for Him– a shining candle that cannot be hid (Matthew 5:13-16), He wanted them to be zealous of good works (Titus 2:14), living the abundant life (John 10:10), abiding in Him—being the branch to His Vine so that He can work in and through them (John 15), and loving others as He loved them (John 13:34). I guess they weren’t doing that. In fact, He rebuked them for being ignorant of their true condition, Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”! They ‘liked to think’ that they were doing well. But in reality, they were like that cup of tea or coffee that had had the first sip taken, and then left…it had gotten lukewarm…scum had formed on the top…maybe even mold if it had been a loooong time…and if someone were to take a sip of it now – YYUUCCKKK!!! They would spit it out as fast as they can, and spew it all over the place!!

Well, if He is rebuking them for being lukewarm, I am pretty sure that I don’t want to be accused of being lukewarm, either! This convicted me to look at my spiritual life. Am I HOT for Christ? Do I think about Him and pray to Him constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Am I ready to give an answer to anyone who asks me the hope that is in me (1 Peter 3:15)? Is my life marked with my love for Christ and others, or my love for ME? Am I salt and Light? Am I abiding in Him? Have I gotten sidetracked? I think that I have a looong way to go! I don’t believe that I am COLD, because that would mean spiritually dead and unsaved, and I know that I have trusted Christ as my Lord, Savior, and King…

So if I am not HOT, I must be LUKEWARM TOO!!!

Oh, Lord help me!

In the past, when sugar cubes were popular, when people offered you tea or coffee they would ask, “One lump, or two?” I think that the Lord has given me a couple of “lumps” on the head with that proverbial two-by-four today as I ponder how lukewarm I have gotten in my walk with Him.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

I want to be known for being on fire and alive for the Lord, not lukewarm and moldy

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What is so “good” about Good Friday?

crown-of-thornsBlotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Colossians 2:14

Well, let’s begin by looking at how the day became called “Good Friday”. It is the day that we traditionally remember that Christ was crucified for the sin of man. It may not have even been on a Friday that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, but that doesn’t really matter because it is the fact that He died and rose again that we as Christians celebrate. Many believe that the day was originally called “God’s Friday”, and then was transformed to “Good Friday”, much as the phrase “God be with ye” transformed into “goodbye”. Since I believe in a sovereign God, I think that there is a reason that we know this day as “Good Friday”:

So, What’s so “good” about Good Friday? You may ask. What is so “good” about a man being beaten beyond recognition? What’s so “good” about a man having a painful crown of thorns pushed down on His brow, and being clothed in a purple robe, and then mocked by cruel soldiers? What’s so “good” about Him, after suffering all this, having to carry a heavy cross through the streets of Jerusalem up to a place called Golgotha? What’s so “good” about wicked men nailing His hands and feet to that cross and then dropping that cross in a hole in the ground, and then leaving Him there to die?

What’s so “good”? You may ask.

Well, it is good because He did it all for you. And He did it all for me. He, the Lord Jesus, who was absolutely sinless, was the only One who could take our place and take the punishment that was deserved by each one us, upon Himself. He subjected Himself to His Father’s full anger at sin so that we didn’t have to face that punishment. He died because He loves us. But He didn’t stay dead! He rose again and triumphed over death and the grave. We can have that same triumph IF we trust in the Lord Jesus, and Him alone, as our Savior.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Now THAT’S GOOD NEWS!!!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

The Goodness of God is the “good” in “Good Friday”

 

Passion’s fruit

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Rev 3:19

zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14Bird of paradise

Would you consider yourself a passionate person? One definition of passion is, “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something”; some synonyms for passion are: fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, and zeal. Passion is a good thing when its object is a good thing.
My husband is a very passionate man. He is passionate about many things: sailing, wood, his work, his children, his grandchildren, his wife (that’s me :)), but mostly he is passionate about His God, and teaching God’s Word. We can be enthusiastic about lots of things, and they can all be good, in fact you can tell where a person’s main passion is directed by the fruit that result from their lives. For example, if I get enthusiastic about a hobby, that is passion and it is okay. But if I neglect my family, or get angry because I cannot spend the time on my hobby that I would like, and then say or do something to hurt someone else as a result of that anger, then the fruit of that passion is rotten. However, if, like my husband, I am passionate about God’s Word, and I teach it with zeal and enthusiasm, and people’s lives are changed for the better because of that teaching – well, then “the proof is in the pudding”, the fruit is good!
The great Apostle Paul was a passionate man, in Acts 22:3-4 Paul says that he “…was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.” Now that zeal was misdirected out of ignorance, before he was saved he thought he was doing God’s will by persecuting Christians, but once the Lord got a hold of him on the road to Damascus and he accepted Christ as his Saviour, Paul became zealous about the right things. He, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, preached the gospel to thousands of people, both Jews and Gentiles, he authored most of the New Testament and he was a major impetus behind the early Church which “turned the world upside down.”
Then there’s David, a man whom God called, “a man after mine own heart” (Acts 13:22), was also a passionate man, in the book of Psalms, he shared his complete trust and submission to the Lord whom he loved. But when misdirected to his own lusts, that passion caused him to commit adultery and then add to that sin by arranging the murder of the woman’s husband (2 Samuel 11).
God used the passion of Samson to obtain many victories over His people’s enemies (Judges 13-15), but Samson’s passion got him into trouble with that notorious woman Delilah, who betrayed him and caused his demise (Judges 16).
Peter, one of my favorite apostles, was known to be a passionate man, his zeal caused him to cut off someone’s ear (John 18:10), nearly drown (Matthew 14:29-31), and then vehemently deny his Lord (Matthew 26:69-74). But once the Holy Spirit got a hold of him, Peter became a great man, a man who passionately served God and preached the gospel, whose very shadow was enough to heal people (Acts 5:15).
So passion can be good or bad depending on the object of that passion. When our passion is directed at serving and obeying the Lord, there will be abundant fruit, but when our passion is bent on serving ourselves and obeying our own lusts, we get into trouble!
The last week of our Lord Jesus’ life on this earth is often called the “Passion Week” – it began with Palm Sunday when the people praised Him shouting “Hosanna!”; the turning of the tables again in the Temple, the last supper with His disciples, His passionate prayer in the garden, His trial, crucifixion, death, and burial, and then His glorious resurrection! It is when Jesus showed His absolute love for us by allowing Himself to be sacrificed for our sins – that was perfect fruit from perfect passion. As Passion week begins, let us remember Jesus’ great love for us, the reason that He came, and the reason that He died, and let’s share that love with others. “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” (Philippians 4:17)

~ Graced and Grateful Grammy
~Your passion’s object will determine it’s fruit ~