based on the book by Jonni Nicole Parsons
Many of us wish we could constantly be fired up for God. We want a stronger desire to follow Him, we long to submit to Him, and we really do want to share Him with others. But life’s roadblocks can get in the way.
The question is… Despite all of those roadblocks, how can your devotion to God be stronger? How do you ensure that it endures regardless of external circumstances?
Perhaps you can recall when you first became a Christian and how eager you were to attend church and read your Bible. But somewhere along the way, it became all too easy to fall into a “groove” with schedules filled with Christian activities, leading us to just hit “cruise control” throughout our journey.
And as heartbreaking as it is to admit – that is exactly what a lukewarm believer is described as.
A lukewarm Christian is typically one who has retreated so gradually that they are unaware of their own complacency. Or a person who is still attempting to figure out how to have it all – the things of this world, and a relationship with Christ. We introduce a destructive level of misunderstanding in both situations. We start living for ourselves when we allow ourselves to become lukewarm. We also spread a false understanding of God’s grace.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably pleading like David did, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation”. But despite your pleading, it feels impossible to see a clear path from where you are to those times of passion in God’s presence.
Because friends… It really is possible to maintain a flame for God. Our devotion to God doesn’t have to be limited to fleeting moments after attending a powerful sermon, gathering, or performance. When we start relying on external things to fuel us up rather than God himself… that’s where we find ourselves in trouble.
The first step is to take a fresh look at the Gospel.
Paul tells us in Romans that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… Meaning that the Gospel is just as much for believers as it is for unbelievers. The present tense describes the continual process of believing. The gospel saves us not just at the time of conversion, but it continues to save us throughout our entire lives.
If you’ve lost your enthusiasm for Jesus, you need to be in awe of the Gospel again.
To recap the Gospel in just a few words…
- God created us to be with Him. (Genesis 1-2)
- Our sins separate us from God. (Genesis 3)
- Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4 – Malachi 4)
- Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew – Luke)
- Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life. (John)
- Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever. (Acts – Revelation)
Sit with that message for a second.
No run of good days will get us nearer to God, and no run of terrible days will condemn us. Because of the love that Jesus, the Father, and the Spirit have for us, he willingly offered his life for us.
Make every effort to embed this profoundly transformative Gospel message in your heart and thoughts.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
God, Today, I ask for passion. I ask for a greater desire to follow You and carry out Your will in my life. Please make the Gospel the forefront of my thoughts. I cherish you. Help me to love you more and more each day. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Ignited: A Fresh Approach to Getting-and Staying-on Fire for God
By Jonni Nicole Parsons / Tyndale Momentum