Are You a Thermometer or a Thermostat?

Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you. – Luke 11:36 (NIV)

imagesCAJC1RHBDo you have the ability to detect the temperature of the atmosphere when you walk into a room? I am not speaking of whether it is hot or cold, but of the spiritual temperature. One obvious way to detect the spiritual temperature is by examining people’s attitudes and emotional expressions. If you have lived long enough, you will know that being a human thermometer doesn’t involve rocket science. Most of us do this without much thought each time we walk into any given environment.

For example, if you walk into a room where two people have just engaged in an argument it is not necessary for them to tell you what just happened. It is typically obvious even if no words are spoken. Figuratively speaking, the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. There is a negative overtone that lingers in the air due to the emotional stress and strain.

One thing that it quite a challenge is to take being a human thermometer one step farther by becoming a human thermostat. The instant a thermostat detects that the temperature is not adequate; it makes a shift to correct the temperature. From a humanistic standpoint, it requires a great deal of quiet time with the Lord to become a human thermostat. We must get to a point where we are empty of self and filled with the Spirit in order to bring about a positive shift in the atmosphere. If not, we too may fall prey to that same negative spirit. The positive shift will usher in the light and brighten even the darkest situations.


Lord, help me to spend an adequate amount of time with you in order to get to a point that I am rid of self and completely filled with Your Spirit. As I allow Your Spirit to take over I know it will bring about a positive shift in any negative environment I encounter.

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