“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”
This wee stream was trickling happily a few days ago.
Today, not so much.
It held out for as long as it could, but it was rather inevitable. A twenty five degree drop in temperature is pretty hard to fight.
It wasn’t instantaneous, this shift from gurgling to glacier. It happened almost imperceptibly at first – a thin shell here, a few shards there. But once there was ice forming and the temperature continued to drop, the here and there’ turned into ‘all over’.
This, my friends, is an ice issue.
It happens with people too.
Not overnight. No, those signs would be too easy to see. We’d be able to fight upfront.
Rather, it happens one small decision at a time. One compromise here, one white lie there, one impulse, one second glance, one let-your-guard-down, and you’ve got an ice issue.
It’s in the media. It’s in our governments, our religious leaders, on the covers of magazines, splashed on the news – folks messing up. Taking bribes. Cheating. Sneaking a fist into the cash box.
It’s an ice issue.
See, when our hearts grow cold, we do things that are unkind, unfair, unjust, immoral, and illegal. You can pretty much feel the world temperature drop as the offenses pile up.
This prediction of Jesus is rather – chilling. (Pardon the pun.) He says that rather than getting better, our world will get worse – and our love will grow cold.
I just literally watched this lovely stream freeze over this week, and it is sobering.
It’s sobering because I don’t want to be one of those hearts Jesus was talking about. I don’t want the refreshing, pure, beautiful work of God in my life to get sluggish, and lose momentum, and eventually freeze solid.
See, there are so many stories of those who have fallen from grace – both in history, and in our modern age. The biblical record is full of men and women who started off well and then – froze over.
So – what can you and I do to ensure we don’t develop an ice issue?
1. Stay near the Son. Jesus is the source of our spiritual warmth – cuddle up!
2. Do frequent temperature checks. It’s easy to slip into cooler territory if we aren’t diligently taking inventory now and then.
3. Keep moving. Still water freezes faster. Keep actively pursuing truth and putting your faith into action.
4. Pray. Ask God to keep you humble, keep your heart responsive and warm and true to His word – and He will!
Thawing thin ice is a lot easier than tackling a major melt. But even the coldest heart can be melted by God’s love.
That’s called grace.
I don’t want my faith to freeze over. I want to stay vibrant and active in my journey until I am called home!
Stay warm and toasty with me?
Father, it is easy to see what can happen in a world full of cold hearts. The news this week proves that. Keep us warm and shelter us by Your power, so that we will always remain faithful to Your calling. Amen.