Many air conditioners and heaters today come with a small unit that hangs on the wall. This small unit has two things in it — a thermometer and a thermostat. Which one are you? We all tend to function as either one or the other. Are you a thermometer or a thermostat? A thermometer measures the temperature. A thermostat changes the temperature. One tells about the conditions surrounding it while the other makes a difference in those conditions in the environment where it is located.
Anyone can describe a situation, or complain about a problem. It’s not hard to be a thermometer. However, as Christians, we are called to make a difference in the atmosphere where we are. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13 NKJV) Salt flavors what it touches and can preserve many things from decay. Are we being salt to those around us? We are called to be condition changers — we’re thermostats and not just thermometers!