Thursday, January 27, 2011

Good and Hot!


Sometimes I take things for granted. I tend to think of a daily shower as a given. A hot shower, a must. Conserving aside, I usually let the water run while I make the bed - ensuring that the water will be good and hot when I step in. Steam on the glass of the shower surround is my cue that the water temperature is perfect. Nothing is quite as soothing or refreshing as a hot shower.


Rewind to last week. Imagine my horror and dismay as I went through my normal routine of turning on the shower, making the bed in record time, returning to the shower, only to find that the water was lukewarm. What was wrong? Then it dawned on me, my daughter was showering in her bathroom and apparently the hot water supply had been zapped...completely used up. All that remained was an abundant supply of lukewarm water. Ugh!


Due to my schedule, I had to get ready. I couldn't put my shower off any longer. No time for the water heater to do its thing and replenish the hot water supply. I gritted my teeth and stepped into the shower. Conserving water was not foremost in my mind, but I know my quick shower would have impressed even the most eco-conscious individual.


The tepid shower incident was unpleasant to say the least. It left me thoroughly chilled, and I was determined not to repeat the experience any time soon.


I had to smile when I realized that God likes things hot, too! Not water necessarily, but lives lived for Him. In fact, it's so important to Him, that He wrote about it in the book of Revelation. "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," (Revelation 3:15-16; KJV).


Rough words. God's dislike for lukewarm Christians, far exceeds my dislike for lukewarm water. Unfortunately, there are similarities between the church of the Laodiceans in the book of Revelation, and churches today. A familiar attitude that makes me squirm. Because these Christians had everything they thought they needed, they no longer looked to God. Their things gave them security, instead of their relationship with Jesus Christ. How true is this of our churches today? We go through the motions of religion while our hearts are far from the God who desires a close relationship.


A lukewarm shower merely made me uncomfortable. Lukewarm Christianity makes God sick. When I live my life with the attitude that I don't need God or His direction, I'm guilty of making Him vomit. A bit graphic, I know, but maybe it will help me remember my utter dependence on Him. He is the One who formed me in the womb. He is my Creator and Sustainer. He is the only One worthy of all of my praise. What an opportunity to live a life that pleases Him. A life on fire for Him. Now that's hot!


Do you have a relationship with the Savior, or are you merely religious? Would God describe you as lukewarm? Allow the Lord to search your heart. Submit to His will and draw near to Him today!



Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that I need You. Forgive me when I get caught up in going through the motions. Help me to be thankful for everything You've given me, yet allow me to see that the real treasure is my relationship with You. Allow me to live a life that is hot in devotion toward You! In Jesus' name, Amen.

15 comments:

  1. A daily check for me, Maria... where am I? where are my thoughts? Am I getting too comfortable? etc. Good word today!! Thank you, have a blessed weekend, enjoy!

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  2. Hi Maria -

    You'd love my shower, but sometimes it's too hot!

    I don't think we can ever get too hot for the Lord. He loves it when He's #1 in our lives.

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  3. Marja - It's good to have that daily check-up! Have a great weekend, and God bless! :)

    Susan - I like my shower just short of scalding! And you're right - we can never get too hot for the Lord. My prayer is to love Him more every day! Have a blessed weekend. Hugs!

    Diana - Great to see you! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Looking forward to stopping by your site! :)

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  4. Thanks for this. The thought of making God puke is kinda scary, but it helps me want to heat up my life for Him.

    Have a great weekend!
    Jen

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  5. Very nice parallel, Maria, and a something important to remember.

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  6. Jen - Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, that visual really helps me too! So thankful that He's the One leading, I just have to follow. I don't have to come up with ways to keep the fire burning, a close relationship with Him will produce it. Have a blessed weekend! :)

    Constance - Welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by Life Lessons! I look forward to getting to know you. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

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  7. Great post, Maria I. Morgan!!
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with the world!! I am so happy to have found you in the Internet world. Yes!! I agree with you, for we have shared the bond of loving our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is great to find Christians worldwide in the Internet. I am glad to have you in my poetry blog. Welcome aboard at anytime, Maria!! God bless you!!
    All the Best,
    Starry.

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  8. I like alot! Thanks for the follow. I had to check you out and we are kindred shower spirits! I don't get out of the shower unless my skin is RED!

    I too believe in being in or out but not straddling the fence with Christ. It doesn't mean we don't sin - obviously we try not to - but the only perfect man was Christ! and we are to follow His example - but the point is to TRY.

    I guess what I'm saying is God loves our minds, hearts and souls wrapped in Him and if our intentions are there, but we slip - He's still HOT about us because we are trying.

    Great post, can't wait for more!

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  9. Mary R. P. SchutterJanuary 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Maria, if there ever was a spirit-filled woman, it's you. God has blessed your readers through your writing talents and spiritual insights. Thank you for reminding me that 'lukewarm' is only good when you're talking about a baby bottle full of formula.

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  10. Hot showers, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I use it all. No hot water for anyone else. :)

    I love your spirit for the Lord. It does my heart so good. And the prayers after each post are priceless, my friend.

    I have been spending more time studying God's word and I've found things I never knew were in the Bible even though I've read these same passages many times. Just goes to show, I really wasn't reading. Just going through the motions. Forgive me Lord.

    And never let me be lukewarm again.

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  11. Your words always motivate me to strive at being better. Thank you so much for your friendship and your encouragement this past year. Thank God for you!

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  12. Very creative! We sometimes have that lukewarm thing going on at our house water a teenager has showered! This is a great metaphor for the passage in Revelation. Great post.

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