Work in Progress
"I know you well - you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other! But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!" Revelation 3:15-16 (TLB)
Dear brothers, what's the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren't proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14 (TLB)
As Kim Koratsky, from Tennessee, was putting the dishes away this morning, she looked at their spoonula - a silicone kitchen tool that is a cross between a spatula and a spoon. Kim considers it a mediocre utensil - neither a good spatula nor a useful spoon. This got Kim thinking about those times in her faith when she is mediocre. She is a work in progress, and has been ever since she accepted Jesus into her heart. Sometimes she is on fire and puts her faith into action. Other times, she is lukewarm with one foot in and one foot out. Without being committed to any particular path, she loses her way. Her work, problems, and worries distract her from loving God and loving others.
Kim once heard that love is a choice we must make every day in order to keep it alive. Faith is the same way. We have to choose it daily. And when we choose it, faith changes our beliefs and conduct. We are transformed. So if our lives do not change in a meaningful way because of what we choose to believe, our faith falters. As James wrote, "A person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions and not through faith alone" (Jas.2:24). We must remember every day to choose God and show the Lord our love.
So what was your choice today - are you hot, cold, or just lukewarm?
Prayer: Lord of love, help us when we become lukewarm. Show us the right tools and actions so that we can act out our faith and demonstrate our love for you, in Jesus' name. Amen.