A Spiritual Thermometer

Tomorrow morning, in the first of a three-part Spring Spiritual Checkup, the plan is to take our temperature. Here’s how I’m approaching it.

I have childhood memories of my Dad showing the same kind of image, just on one of those slick, new-fangled overhead projectors. His Dad was fond of colorful bedsheets. I’m wondering how things will be illustrated for my daughters in 25 years.


  1. At what point on the scale can a person be assured that they hold salvation?

  2. That’s a great question, Bill. I would encourage anyone asking such an important question to go straight to the Scriptures in search of their answer.

    What better place to begin than Acts 2:37 which poses the obviously important question. Peter then tells them, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit exactly what to do in Acts 2:38-40 and we find the result of his preaching in Acts 2:41.

    The same Peter would later write 2 Peter 1:3-11. Undeniably, we are all making progress. I think Peter would be the first to tell us that he was making progress as well. Some good decisions, some bad. But using the terms on the thermometer above, if we are putting our “hearts” into discipleship, doing our best to “press on to maturity,” “straining every nerve” in our progress for Christ, truly “seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,” and doing our best to love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, and mind, I do believe we can get to the point that Paul expressed in 2 Timothy 1:12 and 4:6-8.

    Again, great question! Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll comment often.