Outside, the grey overcast sky was dull and gloomy.
The cold breeze accompanied by thick rain made the surroundings damp everywhere.
Inside, our little group had gathered at a nearby hotel to have a time of worship, prayer, and Bible study. It was a great time of sharing and reflecting on the Word of God.
After the meeting, tea and samosas were ready for a time of fellowship.
The large sized tray filled with crispy hot samosas was tempting. Simply perfect for the weather.
The meeting room attendant enthusiastically handed me a cup of tea, with a wide smile, maybe impressed, thinking I must be someone special because he saw me lead the Bible study.
I felt he served me the tea a bit too early because we were all just having a great time talking while relishing the hot, tasty samosas.
By the time I took a sip of the tea, it was lukewarm, and the taste put me off.
Personally, I prefer my tea really hot.
I thought of leaving it, no point forcing myself because I would not enjoy it.
In a moment, the enthusiastic service boy came back and offered me another cup of tea, a freshly poured one.
It was smoking hot and absolutely delicious!
In this part of the world, the more popular tea that is served at cafes and restaurants is called Irani Chai.
It is usually prepared by boiling tea leaves in thick milk and adding cardamom, a dash of cinnamon and some other ingredients that bring out a distinctly unique taste and flavor.
For Chai lovers, it’s a refreshing cuppa to indulge in.
Yet, no matter how well brewed the tea is, the goodness of the flavor is fully enjoyed when you have it steaming hot.
Once it gets lukewarm, it’s a total put off.
Thinking of the hot cup of Chai, I can relate to what Jesus is trying to say in the book of Revelation, where He said, “you are neither cold nor hot”. I can sense how He must be feeling when believers go lukewarm.
If cold, I don’t think Jesus would bother as much but the problem is, when you are lukewarm.
Lukewarm makes things flavorless and horrible tasting. It’s so bad that Jesus says it makes Him feel like spitting it out.
Visualize that. Jesus puking because of someone lukewarm.
“Be Hot” Jesus suggests.
I love the straightforward instruction.
So that we don’t miss any of the great stuff that is prepared for us.
What exactly does Jesus mean by ‘Hot’?
He means hot on faith. Hot in believing. Hot in trusting the power that is in His Name. Hot in reading the Bible and knowing and receiving all that God has promised us. Hot on spiritual alertness. Hot in obedience to the Word of God.
This is the Hotness that will put us on the good wish list of Jesus.
Hotness that will make us victorious.
What an awesome thing to be victorious and on the ‘A’ list of Jesus.
Wishing you a week hot on Faith.
Also whenever you get a chance do try some Irani Chai.
With Love and warm regards,
To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.