I checked the weather this morning and it was plus 2 degrees. For those on other systems, that is in celcius.
After a run of extreme cold, plus 2 feels like heaven. It feels like spring. We undo layers, and open the top button on our coats, take off our scarves and hats or headbands. This is February, where any temperatures above -15 are welcomed with open arms.
But if it were say, September. After a short warm summer and just barely having time to get used to 20 degrees, plus 2 feels like winter again. On goes the layers, we turn on the heat on our homes.
2 degrees feels much colder in September than it does in February. But 2 degrees is 2 degrees. The temperature doesn't change, our perception of it does. Plus 2 will always be plus 2.
And I think of our lives as christians. How we can be cold or hot, how we can be lukewarm.
If we aren't growing closer to God every day and learning more, we are lukewarm. We are stagnant. We are 2 degrees. So the question is, are we bringing cold to the warmth? In a church on fire for God, will our 2 degrees stay at 2 degrees and cool the fire? Or are we heating up the cold? Are we bringing that fire to a world that is cold, detached, far from God?
I don't know about you, but I can't stand being cold. Perhaps it's time to turn up the heat. :P