Have You Lost The Fire?
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20
In Revelation 3, God gives a message to the church of Laodicea, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
Like many people in the modern age, the church of Laodicea had become so comfortable with its wealth and success that they had forgotten about God. The message went on to say, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous, therefore, and repent.”
God challenged the church to be zealous. The word zealous literally means to boil. His response to lukewarmness was to “be zealous and repent!” God’s answer to their complacency was to recapture their fire for Him.
We must repent from being “professional” Christians who do all the right things but have no fire or passion for God. We need to return to spending time with God in the secret place. Pray, read your Bible, and let the intimate time you spend with God keep you passionate about Him. In Luke 24, the disciples said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts feel strangely warm as He talked with us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?” Spending time with Jesus will rekindle your fire.
The greatest threat to Christians today is not some wild hedonistic sin; it is simply a distraction. If Satan can keep you distracted with all the things the world has to offer, then he has already won. Matthew 24:12 tells us that in the last days, “because iniquity will abound, the love of many will wax cold.” The word “wax” means “to slowly grow cold.” Without realizing it, we can become distracted and miss the one thing that is the most important thing in life, which is simply being with Him.