What is your spiritual temperature?


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of Darkness”, writes Charles Dickens in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The two cities, Dickens has in mind are Paris and London. We, Christians are also living in a Tale of Two Cities. The Bible refers to the two cities as Jerusalem and Babylon. We are part of an epic drama that involves our eternal souls.


We are fast approaching the new millenium, a time of great happenings, a time when our Lord may come again in glory. We are told to be alert to His Coming, be ready for His Coming. “What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ” (Mark13:37)

Wang Ming Tao, a famous Chinese Christian taught us to always check our life with a spiritual thermometer so that we will be spiritually healthy when the Lord comes.


 [place a ‘x’ at the area where you feel are in spiritually at this moment]

Healthy Spiritual Life           Unhealthy Spiritual Life


Fervent in prayer           Lethargic in prayer


Bible reading tasteful


          Bible reading insipid
Fully trusting           Anxious and doubting


Loving God more than everything           Loving worldly things more than God


Resisting and hating sin           Compromising with sin


Giving God the glory in all things           Seeking self glory in everything


Fully at peace           Much worrying


Giving thanks in all           Much murmuring


Always happy and singing           Always sad and sighing


Peaceful and patient in trouble           Easily provoked to anger


Much consideration of others           Much consideration of self


Seeking God’s in all things           Seeking men’s pleasure in all things


Yearning for spiritual things in the heart           Coveting earthly things in the heart


Speaking words that edify others           Speaking words that criticise others


Happy to witness for Christ           No power to witness


Cheerful to give to God’s work           Stingy and unwilling to give


Rejoicing in other’s good success           Jealous of others’ good success


A helping hand to those in trouble           Nonchalant at other’s misfortune


Willing to forgive others           Not willing to forgive others


Character first           Clothing first


Happy to keep close to devout Christians           Happy in the company of worldly friends


Happy to hear faithful admonitions           Happy to hear words of flattery


Eagerly hoping for the Lord’s return           No thought of things touching on the Lord’s return



The shaded boxes gives a visual aid to the state of our spiritual life, our spiritual temperature. Are we on fire for the Lord and are we stone cold?

Are we spiritually healthy? Can we with confidence say, “ Come, Lord Jesus, Come”