The Thermostat

Digital Thermostat and male handOne winter morning as I got out of bed, I was greeted by cold air. I checked the temperature on the thermostat in the living room. It was a chilly 63 degrees even though the temperature was set on 68. The thermostat is supposed to regulate the temperature, so it was maintained near a desired set point. I called maintenance, and the problem was remedied.

We have a spiritual thermostat. Its called a conscience – a God-given inner feeling or voice that acts as a guide to rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. If the spiritual thermostat (ST) malfunctions, the temperature of the soul begins to cool down. Symptoms of a faulty spiritual thermostat are things like the lack of attention to scripture, shallow prayer life, and irregular attendance at worship with fellow believers. A negative attitude and self-centeredness also accompany a cool heart.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms, check your ST. “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Corinthians 13:5, ESV). If your ST is operating properly, scripture says: And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left(Isaiah 30:21, ESV).

When the ST – our conscience – is working properly, we live in spiritual harmony with God’s laws, but when failures occur things go awry. “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed”  (Titus 1:15-16). There is great wisdom in Paul’s words to Timothy: “Continue to have faith and do what you know is right (a good conscience). Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked” (1 Timothy 1:19, NCV). 

Prayer: Lord, may words of the Apostle Paul be my heart’s cry: “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man” (Acts 24:16, NIV).

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