The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, July 23, 2022 comes to us from Kim Koratsky of Tennessee
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelations 3:15-16 NIV
“Work in Progress”
As I was putting away the dishes this morning, I looked at our spoonula – a silicone kitchen tool that is a cross between a spatula and a spoon. I consider it a mediocre utensil – neither a good spatula nor a useful spoon. This got me thinking about those times in my faith when I am mediocre. I am a work in progress and have been ever since I accepted Jesus into my heart. Sometimes I am on fire and put my faith into action. Other times, I am lukewarm with one foot in and one foot out.
Without being committed to any particular path, I lose my way. My work, problems, and worries distract me from loving God and loving others. I once heard that love is a choice we must make every day in order to keep it alive. Faith is the same way. We have to choose it daily. And when we choose it, faith changes our beliefs and conduct. We are transformed. So if our lives do not change in a meaningful way because of what we choose to believe, our faith falters. As James wrote, “A person is shown to be righteous through faithful actions and not through faith alone” (Jas. 2:24). We must remember every day to choose God and show the Lord our love.
I believe that each of us in a work in progress; we have moments of mediocrity, as well as moments of great faithfulness. When we decide to trust God through Christ and choose a particular path of action, we can embody our faith through actions that show those around us that what we believe guides our steps toward faithful witness. I invite you to choose a path that helps you to share your faith through your actions.
Lord of love, help us when we become lukewarm. Show us the right tools and actions so that we can act out our faith and demonstrate our love for you. Amen.
Thought for the Day:
How can I choose God today?
What good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? James 2:14 (CEB)