“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Was there a time when you felt your Christianity ran hot? Have you cooled off a bit, perhaps because of all you are dealing with regarding your health and the everyday struggles just to make it through another day?
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you have a desire to pray each day and have time alone with God? Or is prayer time just another chore to get through in your daily routine?
When you read Scripture, does it grab at your heart? Do you ever get excited over the meaning in a passage you hadn’t considered before? Or do you just mindlessly read through the verses and daydream about other things going through your mind at the time?
Do you have any passion for those who will not be spending eternity in Heaven? Do you feel the need to reach as many people as possible with the news that will save them from everlasting misery and separation from God?
Is it important to you to go to church and be with other Christians, or do you just fill your obligation by physically being there? Or perhaps you even use your illness whenever possible to skip going?
Even healthy people can cool down in their fervor. Hot water does not stay hot on its own. And Christians do not stay hot as Christians on their own. Both require a source of heat to keep from getting cool. God doesn’t want us to be lukewarm. He is the source we need to keep from spiritually cooling off.
If you recognize yourself in the above questions, I encourage you to heat things up a bit. Christ is still there, waiting for you. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). Ask Him to help you get that relationship back. Change up your prayer life to keep it from being routine. Find new ways to study your Bible, and get involved as much as you can in your church. It takes some action and effort to stay on fire for God.