“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
(Revelation 3:15, 16 NLT)

The thermometer measures the temperature of the surrounding environment and people react according to how comfortable they feel. We recognize how hot or cold it is by observing the reaction of people and the kind of clothing they choose to wear. People who are cold usually shiver while crossing their arms as they run to be inside a warm building. Other people who are too hot try and fan themselves as they look for the shade of a tree to cool down. But the lukewarm people are so comfortable they see no reason to change their posture or move their position. The Word of God also functions as a type of thermometer that measures our internal spiritual temperature. We recognize how spiritually hot or cold we are by our reaction to discussions about God’s Word and how we insulate ourselves from thinking about spiritual matters. The hotter we are for God the more open we are to him. Spiritually cold people may realize they need to move closer to the warmth of God’s love but being spiritually lukewarm is a dangerous attitude to have because it hinders any response to Spirit led change in our lives. How hot are you?