Revelation 3:15,16 – I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of My mouth. (NKJV)
Anyone over 40 knows how maddening it is to put on a favourite vinyl record and have it stick.
"Tell me the old, old story… tell me the old, old story… tell me the old, old story… tell me the old…"
The only way to get to know the rest of the story is to give the needle a nudge: "…of Jesus and his love."
We need a nudge to get us to be about the task at hand — to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love. ("Active Evangelism" for those who follow the Presbyterian Church in Canada's FLAMES initiative.)
There is nothing funny about being stuck — at least most of the time. In the "Guyana Chronicle" of January 22, 2002, there was a front-page story about an American tourist on a flight from Scandinavia to the United States. She went into the small washroom cubicle provided on airplanes where you can't even turn around. The story about her went like this:
- She got sucked into the toilet after pushing the flush button while still seated, activating a system to clean the toilet by vacuum… stuck solid. She couldn't get up by herself and had to sit on the toilet until the flight landed so that ground technicians could help her get loose… a spokeswoman said she was stuck there for quite some time.
I don't think any of us wants to be stuck and isolated inside, while the most exciting trip ever (life) passes us by on the outside.
The Spirit's words to the church can help us when we feel stuck. "To the one who conquers, I will give a place with me on my throne". (No pun intended!) (Revelation 3:21)
Prayer: Lord God, let us hear clearly what the Spirit is saying to the churches, to us. Help us to do the work and the will of the Lord in all our dealings this day. Amen.