Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: Revelation 3.15, 20
‘I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.
Reflect: Revelation is a letter to churches that have forgotten their calling to be good news for the world. For a church to be lukewarm meant that they just sort of floated along, doing their thing, without much regard for the Spirit’s call. We know that God is everywhere present, but sometimes our eyes are closed to God’s presence. All week we have reflected on the things that keep us from knowing our true selves as beloved children of God, the things that keep us from letting God’s grace flow into the world, the things that keep us in denial rather than living in the Truth. Now we think about the church as a whole, for faith is never only about us as individuals but also about the whole Body. In what ways are we lukewarm? What are the things keeping us from opening the door and letting love come in and go out? What would it be like for the church to “eat with the Spirit” as the writer of Revelation suggests?
Listen: Set a timer for two minutes and just listen to everything—the sounds outside, around you, and inside you. Listening is an important practice if we are to notice the Spirit’s knock.
Pray: for this congregation and for the whole Church, to let go of being lukewarm and to open ourselves to the Spirit’s call.