Are you lukewarm?
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Monday words and both are so full of study and heart. "All that is gold does not glitter." I says it all doesn't it? But then cross referencing in the Bible for something that ties into both my heart and my art I came across the verse below. John had a vision to save the Church at Laodicea in Asia Minor from being 'lukewarm' and possibly in self destruction mode. Made me think of myself... do I stay in a self destruction mode? Do you?
As we are in the first few weeks of Lent, there is much to reflect and pray upon. My family has always tried to add things to their lives during Lent. In a way, to enrich their relationship with the Father and examine their hearts and thoughts for better clean living serving others. When we feel content within ourselves and we are seemingly without need, something is not balanced. God knows 'our works' and if they are 'hot or cold'. He knows our lack of energy and fervor to be a believer and follower. He simply cannot see His light reflecting in you.
To live your life and faith 'half hearted' is empty. Praying at meals or bedtime is not exactly a passionate relationship with God. If you are not 'burning with a desire' for more of God, or enriching your secret place and time with him daily, you are basically 'lukewarm' or 'half-hearted'. There is no "Moderation" in faith. You are either all the way in or you are not.
So this Lent I have personally been working on seeking the Lord earnestly, deepening my prayers, being bolder in my witnessing, more sorrowful for my sins, seeking joy in the Holy Spirit that resides in me, showing more compassion for those that are without, and opening myself to the divine power of God's love and be ready to share that light.
"The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold not hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:14-22