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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Don’t Be Lukewarm, Get Enthusiastic About God

In summary of Revelation 3:20 it says, “Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if any hear my voice and open the door, I will come into their house and eat with them, and they will eat with me.”

Bottom Line:
Jesus stands at the door and knocks.  If any hear his voice and open their doors, he will come in to their home and share a meal together as friends.

What this means to me:

Jesus is always there; listen, look, see, behold his presence.  He will never barge his way in.  He simply knocks at my door.  It’s up to me to let him in.  If I do, he’ll enter into my life and make a real difference.  He will share my life together as a friend, a counselor, a helper.  God gave me a heart, and within it he has placed all of my passions, desires, and dreams.  But unless I submit them to his control, I’ll misuse, misapply, misdirect or abuse them; thus letting them just waste away.  All around me are passionate folks with interests, dreams, and ambitions that are being misused and abused.  In spite of their talent and their passion, many are unhappy.  When our passions are misused, it can make one miserable.  When I get plugged into God and fulfil his purpose for me I will become passionate.  As I reflect on my life, I don’t feel passionate in this manner.  I believe this means I’m not fully plugged into God and what he would want.  God wants me to really care about people.  With my busy schedule, I often work towards accomplishing tasks and not really being relational.  Several verse before this passage, Jesus states, 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” (Rev. 15-16, NLT.)  This appears to be me, neither hot nor cold.  I need to refocus today.  My God is a passionate God. The only reason I have emotions is because I’m made in his image. God is emotional. God gets jealous when he sees me ignoring him for something else. God loves me with an everlasting love. No matter what I’ve done, he will always love me. Now that’s passion!  When I spend time with God on a daily basis and I get plugged in. I need to concentrate on continuing to develop God’s heart for the world.  The closer I get to God, the more energy, vitality, and passion I’ll have in life. The further away I get, the more bored and apathetic I will become with life. I’ve got to open your heart to Jesus.  Jesus Christ is standing at the door of my life.  But he’s a gentleman. He’s not going to bust the door down. I’ve got to open it up.  In summary, I need to focus less on things/tasks and more on people and relationships.  I need to ask God to fill me with his passion.  I do not want to be lukewarm.  I want my life to serve God’s will.

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