Be On Fire For God
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
Neither Frost Nor Fire
God sees us as we truly are. In the last days, there will be a great falling away – a great rebellion. The fire that was in the church to be holy and set apart for Him will fade. The church will be in a state of indifference, possibly due to the circumstances that surround them that cry out that there is no hope. In Christ, there is always hope. God tells us through James that we should submit ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will flee. When we are on fire for God, we are doing everything that we can to submit to God. We should also resist the devil. And wait for God to do His part and make the devil flee.
Don’t be lukewarm. God doesn’t like us lukewarm. He would rather that we be hot or cold. Be on fire for the one who saved you, lifted you out of the murky depths, and placed you cleaned up on dry ground. Submit yourself to the one who is able to strengthen you and provide for you. And no matter what the devil throws at you, remember that God will not allow you to be snatched from His hand. You may have to suffer greatly, but He always comes through, even if in death.
Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. How true that is! Material wealth has a way of leading people into a false sense of security that it will provide for their every need. Money can buy many things, and when we have a lot, we can forget that it is God who is providing everything for us. In that, we begin to trust in money, and forget the one who gave it to us. Additionally, we forget to depend upon God for our every morsel of food, for our every breath, and for all things in general.
It is only by following the example of Jesus, in complete submission to the Father, that we are able to overcome our desire or belief that our wealth will provide for us. When we forget that it is God and not wealth that provides, we become spiritually poor, naked, wretched, and blind. It is then that we become spiritually impoverished.
In our spiritual wasteland, we aren’t even aware of our need for God. But He counsels us to buy from Him Gold refined in Fire. Only God can provide the spiritual currency that will clothe us from the shame of sin, and blindness of spiritual sight, and the poverty of spiritual darkness. He is able to provide, for Jesus has died on the cross and paid for it with His blood. Let us never forget the price that was paid, and where we came from. The church in the last days will forget for whatever reason, and God will spew them out of His mouth. Let us not forget:
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Am I hot, cold or lukewarm towards God?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You have done so much and continue to do so much for us that we cannot conceive the magnitude of Your great mercy and grace. Forgive me, Father, for my many sins. Help me to be on fire for You so that I would recognize my condition and further yield myself to You. Help me to humble myself in Your presence, and lift me up so that I may do all that You would have me to do. And when You provide physical riches to me, guide me in managing it for Your glory. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.