Leviticus 6:12; “Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out.” New Living Translation
Lukewarmness is a function of no fire, a state where your fire is out or little. Unfortunately, many pulpits nowadays lack fire or with little fire. Many Christians are fireless and they are doing nothing to rekindle the fire. No wonder devil seem to be gaining ground and molesting even the so called believers.
One of the greatest question that I have come across is how do I keep the fire of God burning in my life? How do I stay on fire for God? So, many who started out on fire for God do not remain with the same fervency that they once had.
I wonder if this question is also a question of the heart for you. Maybe you remember how you were once on fire for God but now this seems such as a distant and foreign memory. You wonder if that fire can ever be rekindled that once burnt in you. I have good news for you, it can!
Today, in modern society the work of keeping the house warm during the cold season has been simplified. Without any stress we program the desired temperature for the desired time on the thermostat and the house is warm through the night with the perfect temperature when we get up in the morning. In the past it was a different story! Fire was carefully tended to and wood or fuel supplies were under an observing eye because a lack of it could be fatal.
A prevailing sin in the church today is the sin of lukewarmness that Jesus reprimanded us about, ‘I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’ (Revelation 3:16)
Too often for too many believers, their spiritual temperatures change. Some can get all ‘on fire’ for God during a revival meeting and rededicate their hearts only for a little later to be right back to being lukewarm and lackadaisical Christians again. You need to keep the fire on the altar of your heart on all the time.
The Ultimate Danger of Lukewarmness
Jesus said Luke 18:8 “….nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
With the type of fireless Christianity we are practicing, if Jesus comes today will He find you in the faith? If Jesus return back for the saints, will you as a worker or a pastor, will you still be in faith when he comes back? He’s asking you if I come back, will He meet you in the faith. With the amount of people in the valley of lukewarmness in the church today, how many of us will be in heaven if Jesus should come back?
Jesus still speaking Revelation 3:15-16 show us what to expect when we lose our fire for Him. “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art neither cold nor hot, I will spew the out of my mouth”.
The ultimate danger of lukewarmness among others is rejection and ejection from God’s presence; casting away from God’s presence. When you are not on fire for God, Jesus Himself will banish you away. No wonder King David cried out cast me not away from thy presence Oh God, take not Your Holy Spirit from me. He knows that the danger of losing his fire after he committed immorality with Beersheba is God’s Spirit being taken away. He knows that losing your fire is losing your contact with the Holy Spirit.
King Saul is an unfortunate example for a man that faces the danger of lukewarmness. The spirit of God was taken away from him and an evil spirit begins to molest him. Ejection from His presence makes your life abode for evil spirits. When you are no longer moving in the Spirit, you will begin to move in the flesh.
Let me use this illustration of garri and water to show you what it looks like to be lukewarm: if you are given water and a bowl of garri, you can have two possible out come from this combination. It’s either you soak the garri when the water is cold for drinking or you make swallow with the garri and hot water. But the combination of garri and warm water is useless to you. The same way lukewarmness makes you useless in the hand of God. When you don’t carry God’s fire, you are useless in God’s agenda.
Again in Revelation 2:4 -5 Jesus speaks of the first love that has been abandoned so many times “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do the first works or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candle stick out of his place except thou repent”.
Our first love is and will always be Jesus. What keeps us focused on Christ as our first love is this great reminder that it was He who loved us first and our love for Him now comes simply as a response to the greatest love we will ever know.
Beloved I write to call you back to those days, you prayed for one hour? Can you return back those times you cherish bible study as if you life depends on it? Can you return back to those time you will be alone with your God, singing and dancing?