Posted by: coran stewart | June 28, 2008

Is it hot in here or just me?

In case you haven’t noticed, summer is upon us.  It is quite warm outside.  I don’t know if I myself really noticed this before I had the privilege of attending a Louisville Bats game with my teammates Aaron and Cameron and some of the residents from Jeff Street.  Not being a huge fan of watching baseball, it was hard to enjoy the game in the blistering heat at first.  However, being able to spend time with some of the guys in a fun atmosphere away from the shelter was well worth the uncomfortable temperature.  We had a great time watching the game.  A word of advice for you going out into the heat, at least try to stay hydrated.

Speaking of temperature and water… (don’t you enjoy great segues like that)  there is a great illustration found in the Bible in the book of Revelation chapter 3.   

14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

15‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.

16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

So about the Laodiceans: To get water, the citizens of the city had to go out from the city to either the wells to get cold water for drinking or the hot springs to get hot water for bathing and cleaning.  Unfortunately, when the people tried to take the water back to the city, the cold water warmed up over the trip and the hot water cooled down.  Thus, either way the people ended up with lukewarm water which isn’t much good for anything.  So, the Laodiceans knew exactly what this passage was all about.

I believe a big lesson that God is trying to teach me at the shelter is to be genuine and Spirit-filled in all of my actions.  I know that He wants me to be a “hot” Christian and not lukewarm.  I constantly pray for his guidance in avoiding cynicism and falling into a routine.  I pray that God will fill me with His Spirit and it will be He that is working inside of me so that all of my service will be to His glory.



  1. Right on, brother. I need to pray that, too!

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