I am sure that the average college student has never thought about, perhaps never even seen, the thermostat from a water heater. I’m guessing however that waking up to freezing cold water in the shower might get on the radar for all of us. Last weekend at my house, my wife, me and our three guests discovered that a house without hot water leaves much to be desired. Fortunately, Google gave some fruitful information that helped me to understand the potential problem of the thermostat. I was able to hit the reset (again and again) and get us all through the weekend; but my project list saw a new top item this week; replacing the thermostat would be the new #1 for this week.
This all got me to thinking: a thermostat measures temperature and controls on and off switches that allow for the water temperature to be just right, not too hot and not too cold. The thermostat is constantly monitoring the temperature to assure its consistency.
There is a fair amount in the scriptures about examining ourselves or testing where we are spiritually or the faithfulness of different teachings. Perhaps we need a thermostat in our lives to assure that something is not wrong in our thinking, our attitudes, or behaviors. For most of us we are unaware of the water heater, it functions in the background of our lives; it’s just there and we are unaware unless we one day find there is no hot water or if there is a large puddle on the floor. Perhaps we sometime let our spiritual lives get out of sight a bit too. Taking things for granted, we can just go through the motions for awhile, assuming our spiritual temperature will always be hot whenever we tap into it. How do we know when our spiritual temperature is off? Is there a spiritual thermostat to help us? How’s my prayer life? Am I fellowshipping and worshipping with others in Christ? Am I listening regularly to God’s word and living it out in my life? Are there signs of fatigue?
Psalm 26:2-3 says,
“Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.”
To me, this sounds like a spiritual thermostat is necessary for us. As people of faith in Jesus Christ we might need to pay attention to the signals that might suggest that we are growing or have grown cold or lukewarm in our faith. May the Holy Spirit strengthen us and empower us to live lives that are all that God has created us to be. May we choose those things which give life and renewing today!