What is your spiritual temperature?

Temperature.Digital-thermometer

“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”