Shades of Gray
As I was driving to work this week, I noticed that the sun is starting to rise earlier as we slowly creep out of winter. I can’t help it; there is something about a sunrise that gives me so-much-joy! I feel like God is painting the sky just for me.
In Don Piper’s book, 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life, he describes his visions of heaven saying, “I saw colors I would never have believed existed.” Wow! That is amazing to me.
I believe it’s true because 1 Corinthians 2:9 says “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” Our minds can’t even fathom what is to come.
This morning while listening to a Joyce Meyer sermon she said something that caught my attention. She said “I don’t think God is real fond of the color gray. He’s pretty much one way or the other. You’re either red hot or ice cold; he doesn’t care about lukewarm.”
Then I began thinking about all the areas in my life that are lukewarm and gray.
If God loves color so much that he has created colors we haven’t even seen yet, how much more does he hate the gray in our actual life?
“But since you are like lukewarm water, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
The last thing I want is to get to heaven and God tell me that I was lukewarm as he turns me away from the pearly gates. So I’m forced to look at the areas in my life where I am lukewarm.
Well, my prayer life can be pretty lukewarm at times. My desires sway constantly. There’s a constant fight between my will versus God’s will. My mood can be a bit lukewarm at times (that’s being liberal). So how can I fix it? How can I make my life more colorful, more red hot?! I want to live a VIVID life, bright and full of life.
Let’s start here:
1. Seek Righteousness
What do you represent? The next verse following Revelation 3:16 God says “You say ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and blind and naked.” The Amplified Version says “without hope and in great need”.
How many people have everything they need yet live a hopeless, lukewarm life? A lot more than you think! But to change that lukewarm life, you have to seek after the things of God and not the ways of the world.
2. Change your Inner Self
In verse 19, God continues saying, “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Again, the Amplified Version says “change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will”
Turn from your indifference. Make up your mind and be INTENTIONAL to actually LIVE IT! The life you want to live is an inside job.
So, right now, stop reading; grab a pen and paper… I’ll wait… okay, got it?
Now, write down a few areas in your life where you think you are lukewarm. Where is your life lacking vibrancy? Is it your marriage/relationship? Your attitude? Your job? Are you lukewarm in your giving?
If you can’t think of anything right now, ask God to show you the areas in which he feels you are lukewarm. He will show you, trust me! Just try it.
In whatever area you wrote down, begin to think about how you can turn that situation around by seeking righteousness (the quality of being morally right or justifiable) and focus on the inner you. Once you shift your focus, things in your life will begin to get a little brighter.
Thank you for joining me in my journal to Finding Grace…
Enjoy the journey