The Dead Sea – An Illustration of Stagnation

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.”

One of the highlights of my visit to Israel was seeing the Dead Sea. 1400 feet below sea level, land locked on every side. The historic Jordan River flows into it as well as fresh water streams from such places as Engedi, yet nothing flows out. In that, we see a picture of a life that is being poured into but has nothing pouring out. This can be described by the term “Spiritual Stagnation”. The Church at Laodicea is one of 7 churches our Lord addresses in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. These were seven local, visible churches but also stand as examples of seven church ages. This last church of Laodicea is known as the lukewarm church, i.e. not hot, not cold….. We could say stagnant.

As Christians we all must be careful that we are not taken in by the “serve me” society in which we live. We have been called to serve one another. At the last supper our wonderful Lord rose, laid aside his garment, gird himself with a servant’s towel and begin washing the disciple’s feet. And after that vivid drama he reminds the disciples that if their Lord and Master washed their feet the should do the same for one another….. I have often said that Jesus was not establishing an ordinance of foot washing that night, he was establishing a lifestyle of service.

Why not pour out into someone’s life this week, you might find that humble service is the best medicine for the stagnant soul……

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… who made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant.”

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