He is adorable but I am confused. Being that I am not a “dog person” I am unsure if this dog is cold, needing the coat or if he is too warm wearing two coats! My body today is having the same confusion, unable to decide whether it is hot or cold. A flu will do that, making me vacillate between fever and chills.
Today’s verse comes from the Lord’s reprimand to the church of Laodicea. This is a message of hard truths but He reassures that those He loves He disciplines and rebukes (verse 19). These believers were doing good deeds. But something was wrong. They were not done with any kind of passion. It was as if they were on autopilot, showing kindness and giving to others out of habit or a sense of obligation. However, the Lord sees the heart and the motivation. And like the good works that prove to be wood, hay and straw rather than gold, silver and costly stones, there is a marked difference (I Cor. 3:12-13)
The difficult question I ask myself is whether I am lukewarm. No one else can know the answer as it is a matter of the heart. Frankly, the good I may do for someone else may be tainted with thoughts of self aggrandizement or reciprocal expectations. When my thoughts of “I should help” outweigh my thoughts of “I want to help” than perhaps I am being lukewarm. The only way I know to be passionate is to continually connect to that Vine and have that fruit naturally flow from my relationship with Him!
Lord, keep me from being lukewarm today.