My son McCaellen bought me a McDonald’s coffee the other day. Food gifts are his language of love! He has a special savings just for money to buy food for other people. I love that generous heart!
So I took the coffee he so graciously purchased for me from the McDonald’s drive-thru, and brought it along with me. I was headed out to work on an article I was writing. Knowing that I get a little carried away and forget to sip while it’s hot, I decided to pour the coffee into my new high quality travel mug. It’s insulated and keeps my coffee hot for hours. I hate lukewarm coffee!
As I poured the coffee from the paper McDonald’s cup into my stainless Trudeau insulated mug I realized something. God wants me to be like my stainless insulated mug.
If I’m like a paper cup I cool quickly. It doesn’t take long for my passion to die, for my desire for the Word to cool, and to forget to pray.
God wants to pour Himself into people who will ‘hold the heat’. He wants people who stay hotly passionate for His Word, His presence, His grace, His Spirit. God doesn’t like lukewarm people. He says in Rev. 3:15-16, “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.”
McDonald’s cups are actually not bad for keeping coffee hot. Not nearly as good as my mug, but way better than simple Styrofoam cups, or even a corrugated paper cup. But I don’t want to have a ‘not bad’ rating when it comes to my passion for Jesus. God hates lukewarm!
When I think about insulated mugs I think about the thick, double wall that keeps the cold out and the hot in. I need to have thick, double walls of protection around the things of God that matter in my life so I can stay ‘hot’ too. I need to guard my time in the Word and in prayer. I need to guard where I go, what I see and listen to. I need to fight off the things that would cool me down.
Let’s learn a lesson from my travel mug. Be a follower of Jesus who stays not lukewarm but hot!