1. The water cooled rapidly when removed from its heat source.
- Jesus Christ is the source our spiritual “heat” (Jn. 15:5), and we remain connected to Him by means of Bible study, worship, prayer and service to others.
- If we omit any of these vital activities, our “fire” will diminish.
- "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4)
2. Collectively the water remained hot; but when “divided” it rapidly cooled.
- The trillions of water molecules remained hot while in close proximity to each other inside the pot. But they cooled quickly when “dispersed”.
- So it is with Christians. To maintain our spiritual fire, we must exhort one another daily and avoid forsaking the assembly of the church. (Hebrews 3:13, 10:25)
- However, when the distance between us increases, we invariably “cool off”.
- “…if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?” (Eccl. 4:11)
3. A “stirred” pot led to frozen drops!
- When the boiling pot of water was agitated and tossed, it quickly changed to snow.
- It only takes one or two Christians to “stir things up” in the local church by criticizing, complaining or gossiping.
- The resulting “agitation” often “cools” other Christians.
- Paul wrote, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”(Rom. 14:19)
Remaining “hot” spiritually requires a continuous connection to Jesus, frequent contact with our brethren, and maintaining unity in the body.
Are you and I keeping the church “hot”, or causing it to “cool down”?
Jesus, Always Jesus!