A Reality Check

Reality check:

“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of the man reveals the man”

Proverbs 27:19

            What does your reflection say about you? Where does your heart stand? What is the condition and strength of your foundation? Did you try to hide the issues and sins in your life with a skim coating or did you begin a construction project to firmly plant yourself on the Rock?

By no means think that this process and self evaluation is easy. We must each allow the Holy Spirit, who indwells us as Christians, to search our hearts and minds to reveal to us the changes we must make. This can be a painful process, especially at first. But as we submit to our Savior and allow Him to change, shape, and mold us like clay (Romans 9:21), He will be faithful to continue the good work He began in us, until He comes back for us (Philippians 1:6).

One of the possibilities which is most frightening to me, is beginning to resist His work in me, and beginning to retake control of my own life and heart. In essence, this would be like throwing water on a raging fire. The fire still struggles for survival and smolders, but while it is throwing smoke in people’s eyes, it drastically decreases in the heat output. In the book of Revelations, chapter 3, the message the Apostle John is told to write down to the church in Laodicea says, “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… Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”

 

Can that be said of me? Can that be said of you?

 

In the end it is the decision of choosing which side of a fence or line in the sand to be on. Lukewarm is trying to straddle the fence so that one can satisfy and worship self as well as God. But ultimately, this is attempting to lift ourselves up to God’s level, or lowering God to ours. In either case it will not work… “no one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

Do we want to worship God or self? Be obedient to God and His Word, or ourselves and the words of man?

 

Crossroads:

Do you think you are hot, cold, or lukewarm?

What would others answer about you?

What needs to be changed in your life and heart to move from being lukewarm to hot?

Challenge: consider a real change you can make in your life to move towards being hot instead of lukewarm. Pray about it and then implement the change.