An Intentional Heart

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

I love that this verse is written in the context of God reaching out to some people who had become lukewarm in their relationship with Him. Think of a cup of coffee after it’s been sitting for a while, and now it’s reached room temperature. It’s no longer intentionally hot or cold but has become like the atmosphere around it. God doesn’t want us to become just like our environment. He wants us to be purposefully hot or cold. Both on fire for God and also having a cool, peaceful spirit when other people are volatile and jacked up (Proverbs 17:27). Again, it’s about intentionality.

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16

I’ve had fluctuating temperatures in my spiritual life, and when I feel blasé or apathetic, one of the first things I do is admit it to God. He wants us to draw near to Him with confidence – whether we are struggling and need His love and care or doing great and celebrating with Him. God is speaking with so much love saying don’t get satisfied with mediocrity; don’t conform to the world. Instead, open the door to Him. Where you have gotten indifferent, He will come in and help you get revitalized, stabilized, and fully engaged.

God loves you!
Pastor Jeff Perry

in·ten·tion·al, adj.
Done on purpose; deliberate.

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