Scripture: Revelations 3.
(What is God saying here?)
Revelation 3:15-16 (NLT)
15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!
16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
The book of Revelations is a challenging book to understand, but there are verses that are very plain and from which Christians can grow. In these two verses I see God challenging me with the point that if I am to be committed to Him then it must not be on a basis of only when it is convenient, or only when I am around certain friends, but instead it must be an everyday, all or nothing basis. I tried to compare my relationship with God to the relationship I have with my wife. In our marital lives, if we run around with other partners then our marriage is sure to struggle and most lightly fail. When we are inconsistent in our relationship with God and we serve other masters (things that take us away from God or devour the time that we would otherwise spend in our devotion to God) then we should expect God to classify our relationship with Him as lukewarm, or even a failure. How is it with you, friend? Are you like me where we really need to ask God’s forgiveness and added strength to help us overcome our slothfulness, our weakness, our halfhearted-ness, our lack of commitment and loyalty? I believe that our world today is more in need of a few good men/women than ever before in our history. I believe that God is saying to us today that we don’t need to disappoint the world in their expectation when they look for a child of God.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, thank You for the great sacrifice You paid on Calvary for remission of my sin. Thank You for touching my life, convincing me of my sin and encouraging me to surrender my life to You. Please forgive me for those times that I have been less than totally committed and loyal to You. Thank You for Your Word and the reminder given to me in this passage this morning. Please give me strength today and every day to leave no doubt in Your mind and in the minds of those that I come into contact with as to whom I belong. As the world seeks guidance and a true and committed life to the only One with all of life’s answers, may they not be disappointed or confused in what they see in my life. May I represent You fully in all that I say and do. Encourage and bless my friends that may read this devotional today so that they too may recommit their lives to serving You in all sincerity.
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