Lukewarm coffee. Yuck! For years I drank mine hot, not scalding, mind you, but comfortably warmed. The microwave was a great invention, allowing me to reheat that half cup by pressing a few buttons.

Then iced coffee debuted. As a southern girl, I grew up with iced tea as a standard mealtime beverage, so trying out iced coffee was an easy experiment to make. Living in Florida with its seven-month summers, this new twist was a welcome addition to other heat-beaters.

Hot. Cold. Opposites. Both palate pleasers.

But lukewarm? Flat. Tasteless.

Even God isn’t pleased with tepid. In Revelation he addresses the church of Laodicea with the words, “I know your works, that you are neither cold or hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.”

Lukewarm believers present a bigger problem. Beverages cool quickly, but decreasing faith takes longer. Just as the Lord invites us to taste him and see that he is good in Psalms, so he tastes us to see if we are good. An interesting thought. We bring pleasure to the Lord with the fervor of our souls.

But why would he say be hot or cold? If you’re cold, you know it, and have the choice to do something about it. Lukewarm, on the other hand, is sneaky. It’s a slide into pew perching, looking okay on Sunday, not being okay the rest of the week.

When my delight in the Lord cools off, not only do I not taste good to him, but my life loses its flavor. I drift into seeking savory refreshment in temporary things.

The best thermometer for our souls is the Word. No matter where we read, God speaks, bringing truth to us from all parts of the Bible. If we look and listen, he’ll ignite our souls again—the best “re-heater” ever.

What’s your temperature today?

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