Monday, August 10, 2009

Lukewarm

I have a confession to make -- one that I don't want to write. I've been feeling lukewarm about church lately. There, I've said it. I hope no one can relate. I hope you aren't feeling the same way about your church. God has something to say about being lukewarm - remember? It's written in Revelation 3:16 to the church in Laodicea. "So, because you are lukewarm -- neither hot nor cold -- I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Ooooooo, I don't like reading that. I just confessed I'm feeling lukewarm about church, and I know that's not what God wants.

I know the reason I'm feeling that way -- it's summertime. During the summer many of our ongoing programs and studies don't meet, and I'm just not as connected as I usually am. And I can start to feel lukewarm.

So, I told God how I felt this morning. Yep, just blurted it right out when I was talking to Him this morning. Even said it outloud. Of course I knew He already knew how I felt. But, I needed to admit it. And you know what God did in response?

He gave me the sweetest day.

You see, I had to drop off something at church today for my husband. It was a simple errand that didn't have to take very long. But, as I walked back into the church office, I had one conversation after another with the church staff.

Here's a sampling of what we spoke about:
vacation plans
helping with ministry
a son's wedding
golfing plans
Facebook and Twitter and websites and such
new hair styles
a much anticipated first grandchild
prodigal children
phone calls from grown children
a visit with a niece
blogs
wisdom
Texas

All that in about 30 minutes and with at least 7 or 8 different people. Whew! These friends on our church staff loved on me for awhile and reminded me that church isn't a building. Church isn't even Sunday morning service. Church is the body of Christ comprised of people just like me, who sometimes grow lukewarm about important things like church.

I had the sweetest day. And I don't feel lukewarm anymore.
Thanks again God!

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