Many times, I will be in a room, with the light on, and one of my kids will walk in. We will talk and then they will leave. While I am still in the room, they will shut the light off, leaving me in the dark.
They aren’t trying to be funny and aren’t purposefully leaving me in the dark. They are simply disciplined to turn out the lights when they leave a room.
Habits can be positive. Kids are doing what is right.
But, I am left in the dark.
Habits can be negative too.
Our Spiritual habits are similar. It can be good to grow up in the habit of going to church, praying before meals, and listening to positive Christian music. These are all good things, that give us a sense of peace and comfort and encouragement for our lives.
But when these things become habit, or ritual, we need to assess why they are simply routine, and not life-changing. Are we flipping the switch without realizing there are still people in the room?
Revelation 3:16 needs to be as memorable in our lives as John 3:16.
Start in verse 15 where it says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.”
Take some time this week to evaluate your habits in life. Which ones are beneficial? Which ones are done subconsciously but produce virtually no fruit?
It’s an exercise I am doing, and need to do more often.