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What temperature are you?
By Chantal Robertson, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
I was reminded this week of a preach I heard many years ago on the church in
Laodicea, referred to in the book of Revelation 3:14-22.
The city was between Hierapolis – famous for its hot springs – and Colossi – famous for the ‘refreshing power of cold water’ (New Bible Dictionary Third Edition).
As Christians, we are encouraged to be “on fire” or “hot” for Christ – ie. eager/ bold/
zealous with enthusiasm for God (‘…Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, steadfastness, gentleness.’- 1 Timothy 6:11), rather than ‘cold’
(unbelievers) or “lukewarm”.
Lukewarm is a mixture of hot and cold; “they will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly…’ (2 Timothy 3:5 NLT). It is people who have an appearance of genuine faith, but who can easily fall away or get distracted.
The Gospel, or good news, of Christianity not only involves salvation, but living
more and more fully for Christ and His plans and purposes.
Within that, God works through the church (the people of God), working in unity as family together. So, inevitably, within a family, there are different personalities, skills, priorities, and “temperatures” of faith/ people.
We all need to be full of grace, but also, wise in our relationships. Some people
will not feel supported unless daily church contact happens, and others, feel
hassled if they receive messages more than once a week or even fortnight.
There’s a fine balance.
We are NOT perfect, so we need to look to Christ, who IS perfect and knows
everyone. To be “hot”, or “on fire” for Christ and in relationship with Him first, to
grow in the wisdom and grace that we need for each other.
God bless, Chantal
Chantal Robertson with her husband Rick
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Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
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Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
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Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
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