A steamy green tea bag on my eye feels so soothing after a night of tossing, turning, and enduring an itchy eyelid. Oh you know how it goes, we get in a rush at the grocery store, grab a cart, wheel it around without washing the handle, and hope that the lack of disinfection doesn’t leave us ill like the last time. Then, we pray our frantic hand washing at home will kill all the germs and make up for our passivity. After I look into the mirror all I can think is–sorry sweetie not this time.
Yes, we all struggle with physical ailments now and then but have we ever stopped to consider our spiritual ailments? Did you know that we play an active role in the healing process of those also? Just like we shouldn’t leave an eye infection untreated–we shouldn’t neglect or ignore our need for God’s healing in our relationship with Him. I believe the timing is now urgent and Revelation 3:14-23 speaks directly with His Church:
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
After reading this, I have to also ask a few more questions–have we in the church left our relationship with God untreated in any way? Do we want to live victorious in Christ? Are we cold, lukewarm, or hot for God?
Today I pray we as the church, will become more alert to the urgent knocking upon our hearts, fling open the doors, and allow God’s Spirit to reignite us. May He fan the flame and burn within His church once again for His glory! Amen.