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26/05/2022 03:00 - 27/05/2022 02:00

"So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth" - Rev 3:16 (NIV). 

The story goes that once the Apostle Paul happened to give a lengthy sermon. Then, "Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead" (Acts 20:9).

What led to the young man's slumber might be a result of certain unknown factors. Possibly he had had a long day and sleep caught up on him. But there could also be another possibility. He might not have been very excited altogether with whatever Paul had to say. Perhaps he was only eager to get back home. Unable to sustain concentration he fell to his death.

Our leading verse reminds us that we shouldn't live lukewarm lives. A lukewarm life is one which has one leg here and there, which might have been the case for this lad. There is a Ugandan term called- okulembeka. It speaks of someone who is pitting for water or morsels of food here and there. Usually this person never gets his bucket full, as he is never in one place. Once he hears of a better source he vanishes to the next point, where he might be lucky to scoop up the remnants.

The Christian life can only be enjoyed to its fullest when one fully and completely embraces it. Those who "kulembeka" only miss out on God's full basket for them to enjoy while here. Besides, because of being lukewarm, they risk being spit out as of no much use. May the Lord help us live lives that make no apologies for our faith, for we are completely in Him.

Prayer for today: Lord Father Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you help me live a life where I am absolutely happy to be identified with you, to partake of your full blessings, this I pray in Jesus's name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!