So, I have been mulling over the whole concept of what it means to be "on fire" for God vs. "lukewarm" towards him. An analogy popped into my head yestererday morning. It is kinda like being "in love" vs. "in like." When you LOVE someone, you want to spend all of your time with them, you talk about them constantly, and they are always just a sigh away. When you just like someone, you can take em or leave em, you are distracted by other likes, and they are just around. I think that to be "on fire" means to be "in love" with Jesus. I believe this is why new believers are so passionate, so on fire! They have just discovered God and can't shut up about it!! It's all so new and exciting! But just like marriage, that honeymoon period only lasts so long and you have to find a way to keep that fire burning, not just for your spouse but for God as well. This is the reason Christians have churches, revivals, ministries, outreaches, and bible studies! These are all geared towards keeping your fire alive for Christ. Similar to marriages that have date nights, family vacations, marriage retreats, and anniversaries to keep the marriage love alive.
Revelation 3:15-16 says, "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm -neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth."
God does not want us to be lukewarm towards Him any more than our spouse wants us to be lukewarm toward them. We need to have a passion for God, a daily life of praise towards Him, focusing always on His purpose for our life! It is not something that will just happen without our effort. We have to DO, BE, and GROW in our faith! We can't sit still and wait for it to come to us, we have to take that first step and see which way God leads.
Is there a step that God has been calling you to take? You will never know the great things God has for you if you don't take that risk! Trust Him, he won't let you fall! It's time to stoke that small flicker into a wildfire for God!
Dear God, please let my faith be fanned into a wildfire for you!! Amen