Our cooling system in the sanctuary is down and while talking to the tech he asked about why the thermostat in near the choir was removed. I really did not know. However, it made me think of a passage in Romans 12:2. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Now why this passage you may think. Well, Paul is urging us not to be a thermometer. A thermometer is not of intelligence and has one purpose. It is to react to the environment around us.It tells you if it is hot or if it is cold. Paul is saying as Christians we are not to conform to this world but think for ourselves in doing God's will. Paul is telling us to be more like a thermostat that controls and regulates the environment around it. A thermostat uses its intelligence to monitor the environment and make necessary corrections to the will of the owner.
We too are suppose do to the will of the owner, the Father. We are to look where things seem hot and provide relief when we can. We are also there to bring hope, warmth and comfort to God's people when coldness creeps in. In a very simple way, Paul urges us to be thermostats and not a thermometers.
If we had a football team or debate team I think we could be called the EOCC Thermostats. That would provoke questions and open the opportunity to share the gospel message. Hmmm, Have a great rest of the week. Pastor Carl
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006