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What is your Temperature ?

by Dr.Alex Tang


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of Darkness”, writes Charles Dickens in his novel, A Tale of Two Cities. The two cities, Dickens has in mind are Paris and London. We, Christians are also living in a Tale of Two Cities. The Bible refers to the two cities as Jerusalem and Babylon. We are part of an epic drama that involves our eternal souls.


We are fast approaching the new millenium, a time of great happenings, a time when our Lord may come again in glory. We are told to be alert to His Coming, be ready for His Coming. “What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ” (Mark13:37)


Wang Ming Tao, a famous Chinese Christian taught us to always check our life with a spiritual thermometer so that we will be spiritually healthy when the Lord comes.




                                                                [shade one of the five boxes for each row]

Healthy Spiritual Life






Unhealthy Spiritual Life


Fervent in prayer                                                                 






Lethargic in prayer


Bible reading tasteful   







Bible reading insipid

Fully trusting                                                                         






Anxious and doubting


Loving God more than everything                                






Loving worldly things more than God


Resisting and hating sin                                                   






Compromising with sin


Giving God the glory in all things                                 






Seeking self glory in everything


Fully at peace                                                                         






Much worrying


Giving thanks in all                                                            






Much murmuring


Always happy and singing                                              






Always sad and sighing


Peaceful and patient in trouble                                      






Easily provoked to anger


Much consideration of others                                         






Much consideration of self


Seeking God’s in all things                                              






Seeking men’s pleasure in all things


Yearning for spiritual things in the heart                   






Coveting earthly things in the heart


Speaking words that edify others                                 






Speaking words that criticise others


Happy to witness for Christ                                             






No power to witness


Cheerful to give to God’s work                                      






Stingy and unwilling to give


Rejoicing in other’s good success                                   






Jealous of others’ good success


A helping hand to those in trouble                               






Nonchalant at other’s misfortune


Willing to forgive others                                                   






Not willing to forgive others


Character first                                                                       






Clothing first


Happy to keep close to devout Christians                  






Happy in the company of worldly friends


Happy to hear faithful admonitions                             






Happy to hear words of flattery


Eagerly hoping for the Lord’s return                            






No thought of things touching on the Lord’s return





The shaded boxes gives a visual aid to the state of our spiritual life, our spiritual temperature. Are we on fire for the Lord and are we stone cold?

Are we spiritually healthy? Can we with confidence say, “ Come, Lord Jesus, Come”





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