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Monday, February 27, 2017

Laodicea: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Revelation 3: 14-22

“I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, … I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

Tepid—indifferent—couldn’t care less—unenthusiastic—perfunctory. All of these adjectives for lukewarm can easily be applied to various chores I’d like to avoid but need to take responsibility for. And they will get done eventually and most likely half-heartedly.

Unless, I’m preparing for a special occasion, or friends or family dropping by, and then suddenly I’m humming as I work or happily energetic. Suddenly it’s not a task motive—but a heart one.

Likewise we can become so used to using our gifts and talents in particular ministries that we think we have it all under control, when instead we’re working by rote. Not realizing that our actions have become external habits instead of internal heart compassion. We’re more focused on the tasks to be completed that the purpose behind them.

And we become extremely offended if anyone should question us. Even when the Spirit tries to intercede and nudges us into paying attention that we’ve gotten off course. Or become too comfortable with our programs.

“Listen! I am standing at the door knocking;”

Whether as individuals or a community we’re not supposed to work under our own steam and under our own agendas. Especially when we think we’ve got it all under control. We don’t see what the Lord sees except we look through His lens and His counsel.

Lord, please keep our hearts, our sight, and our hearing attuned to Your purpose. Keep us from becoming tepid believers.

Psalm of Worship: Isaiah 55:2

“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”

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