“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15, NKJV)
Have you ever had a hot cup of coffee? A lot of people have. How about a cold cup of coffee? Today, coffee is served a variety of ways, hot or cold. I personally prefer it hot, but what I can’t stand is tepid, or lukewarm coffee. I want to spit it out. In the above passage, Jesus was speaking to church people, not unbelievers. He is saying, “I would rather you do something, one way or the other – make a decision about how you want to live; don’t be indecisive.
God is able to take someone going completely in the wrong direction, turn them around and get them on the right track. This was the case with the Apostle Paul. Prior to confronting Paul on the road to Damascus, Paul’s only thought was adhering strictly to a set of religious rules. In his mind, this was necessary to please God. While living obediently to the Lord is certainly appropriate, Paul was torturing people for turning to Jesus as Lord and Savior. What he didn’t plan on was encountering a God who is interested, not in religious dogma, but in an intimate relationship.
So often, rather than putting God first in our lives, we become distracted with so many other things, religious or otherwise, that in the light of eternity, are of little importance. 2020 is a year of momentum for those who keep Jesus priority number one in their lives. He has a plan for each of us and there is never a time we escape His sight. His Spirit is always working in and through believers to fulfill His sovereign purposes.
Last week I flew back to my hometown of Oklahoma City to be with my dad, who passed away from a long series of illnesses. While I will miss dad, I know He is with Jesus today. I’ve spent the past several days reflecting on what it must have been like for dad to take his first steps in Heaven. I believe his priorities changed dramatically, because for the very first time, he was able to see the big picture in it’s fulness. On this side of Heaven, we must remember to keep our focus on Jesus; what He wants for us, what His plans are, whether we should or shouldn’t do a certain thing because He knows the end from the beginning; how each and every situation will turn out, based on our decisions.
I believe 2020 will be one of the greatest years of accomplishment for the kingdom of God if we make it our priority and focus to spend time daily with the Lord in active praise and worship, prayer, studying the Bible, seeking insight from the Holy Spirit. “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:25, NKJV).
God has great plans for you. I encourage you to draw near to Him, fix your gaze upon Him, cut away those things that are distracting you and discover the spiritual momentum you’ve always desired for your life.
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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