Considering the temperatures this week, warmth is not something we’ve struggled to maintain! Maybe you’ve really struggled with the heat; after all, when we hear that the heat we’ve experienced in certain parts of the UK is even greater than the Sahara, it’s no wonder keeping cool is a challenge!
I’m reminded of the Lord’s challenge to the lukewarm church at Laodicea: He challenged them because they were unaffected by the need around them, largely because they themselves were content and affluent. Geographically, the Laodicean church was situated between Hierapolis, with its hot medicinal waters, and the pure, cool water of Colossae. Unlike its neighbours, Laodicea was declared to be ‘lukewarm’: neither here nor there! (See Revelation 3:14—18)
The danger is that, when we look at our world with its issues and challenges, we begin to grow cool and self-orientated. However, when we engage with a saviour who’s heavenly appearance is said to contain ‘eyes [that] are a flame of fire and on His head are many diadems [crowns] … and on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords’ (Revelation 19:12-17) then surely the temperature has got to rise in our spirits!