Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Are You On Fire?

{photo courtesy}

As I sat reading my Bible the other morning,
I reached for the nice, creamy cup of coffee on my dresser.
Putting it to my lips, anticipating the hot, refreshing taste,
I was disgusted to discover that it had lost all it's heat!
Hardly wanting to swallow the room-temperature coffee
now stuck in my mouth, I finally gulped it down, cringed,
and set it back on the dresser, never to return.

Almost instantly, I was reminded of a passage in Revelation:
When the Lord was addressing the Christians at Laodicea, He said:
"So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth." (Rev.3:16)
From this passage, we have derived the term "lukewarm Christians".
And just as a lukewarm cup of coffee is bad to taste to us,
even more so, a lukewarm Christian is "bad to taste" to God.

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:
I would thou wert cold or hot." (v15)
A "hot Christian" would be on fire for the Lord,
serving Him with all his might, and constantly growing spiritually.
A "cold Christian" would be one who has fallen away.
Why would the Lord prefer this over being "lukewarm"?
A Christian who is backsliding, knows that he is backsliding;
He knows he needs to get right with God again,
and knows that he's not where he should be.
A "lukewarm Christian" is a 'satisfied' Christian.
He's found his comfort zone, calls it "God's will",
and thinks he's alright with God and doesn't need a revival.
He's not totally surrendered to the perfect will of God,
not growing spiritually, and not 'on fire' for the Lord.
The Lord says that they are not pleasing to Him, and He will spew them out.

Dear Christian friend- are you on fire for the Lord?

Are you surrendered to His will, serving Him completely,
growing in grace and knowledge, and abiding in His presence?
God help us to keep the flames burning in our hearts!
May we never become or stay lukewarm!


HsKubes said...

Exactly, Honey! Let's stay on fire in the fire. May we not allow ourselves to become lukewarm and complacent. May we keep pressing toward the mark with zeal and fervor for our Lord Jesus Christ. It's the least we can do for Him.

Love you!
~ Mama

P.S. Yeah, I really detest room temperature coffee, too. ;o)

Meggie said...

Thats an awesome thought provoking post, thankyou for it.
I am going to do a You Maidens Daybook with you, and I was wodering what you meant by Mr. Linky?


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