We end each week on an inspirational note, with a feature called “Spiritual Saturday.” Nothing preachy, just some genuine thoughts from us designed to lift your thoughts to things above...
One year my wife surprised me with a birthday gift of an insulated travel mug! It was woodsy dark green color on the outside, made of durable, easy to clean stainless steel, and had a spill-proof lid with a special trigger-action push button that let you drink from it with one hand. I loved it!
I often took it to work filled with a hot beverage which would stay steaming beside my computer monitor for nearly nine hours. Sometimes I would fill the canister with a cold, refreshing liquid that remained chilled for 12 hours. And once I put ice in it and took it camping for a weekend. The manufacturer claimed it would keep ice frozen for an astounding 40 hours, and I believe it!
This seemingly magic container worked by keeping the liquid inside separated from the outside air through a double layer of metal with a vacuum in between, acting as an insulator which allowed very little heat transfer.
In the last book of the Bible John records an urgent warning given to the Church in Laodicea. Their lives were lukewarm, lifeless, and lacked faith, something that God detested, just as we would likely find tepid coffee, water, or fruit juice. Yuck!
Instead we’re urged to shun halfhearted self sufficiency, and instead completely rely on God, who will transform us into useful Christians, either fully hot (like a soothing cup of tea), or fully cold (like a refreshing drink of ice-cold water).
For further study:
“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.” (Revelation 3:15-16)
“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” (Proverbs 25:25)
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
Until next time, may words bless you!
* * * Chris & Jen
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