Yvonne Gentile serves on The Church of the Resurrection staff as the Director of Connections. Yvonne directs the team that helps people get connected into the life of the church through service, studies, group life, and other ways of involvement.
On Monday, my husband changed our bathtub faucet. The old faucet had some great features that we were excited about when we first installed it. For instance, it had and extendable hose that made cleaning the tub a breeze. Over the course of time though, the water pressure in the tub seemed to slow down to a trickle. We’ve lived with that faucet and the low water pressure for quite a long time now. We grumbled about it, but we weren’t motivated enough to do anything about it. We were lukewarm. That ended when my husband decided it was time to replace the slow faucet. Now it’s like Niagara Falls!
Sometimes our faith is like that. When we first come to faith we’re excited, but over time we can become complacent and our faith can become lukewarm. In our Scripture passage today, the church at Laodicea is criticized for letting their faith grow stale and stagnant—they were “neither cold nor hot.” Their faith no longer moved them to action. But the passage ends with a message of encouragement: “So be earnest and change your hearts and lives. Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking…”
I appreciate the GPS writer’s statement: “God is still knocking… We do not simply respond once to God’s call.” In my own life I have periods where my faith is vibrant and active, and periods where I get distracted by the things of life and my faith grows lukewarm. I have to take action to re-energize my faith, even if that’s just stopping long enough to hear and respond God’s call—and I have to respond repeatedly to God’s call in order to keep my faith alive.
Worship, studying my Bible, a little solitude, or spending time out in God’s creation are the things that re-energize my spiritual life. Recently my husband and I went to Hawaii for vacation and to visit our son. The condo we rented was right on the ocean with a lanai that faced the Western horizon. I spent a lot of time there watching the ocean, the whales, the sunset, and the stars. The beauty and magnificence of the view made me praise God, and that vacation was a time of spiritual renewal for me. I am so grateful that God keeps knocking. What renews your faith and keeps it from becoming (and staying) lukewarm?
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