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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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