We often hear about Believers who have lost their passion and zeal for the things of God; and for many of us, this can pose as a stumbling block to our own faith. We all experience hardships that come to test and try us, and I find it so amazing that the Holy Spirit allows such things to come to determine where we truly are in the Father.
Trials are like a fire, and depending on the type of “material” you are made of should give you an idea of where you stand in the faith. Some people are “made” of hay, straw, wood, precious stones, gold, or silver (I Corinthians 3:13). This, of course, is determined only by the fire that comes by a testing. If that foundation that was once laid burns in the fire, then it proves that the person’s foundation was never solid to begin. This is a hard truth and heavy revelation for many people, especially because most Believers do not value the work that goes into maintaining one’s salvation.
Consider what Paul meant when he wrote,
“continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]” (Philippians 2:12).
There is a level of maturity that comes when we actively engage in developing our love relationship with Christ Jesus. We learn that each day is another opportunity to experience His joy, His peace, and His resurrection power, but not without a price. Just as He had to sacrifice His life, so we must also die daily to ourselves so that Christ can fully live in us (Galatians 2:20). As Paul taught the Galatians, true Believers understand that we no longer live for ourselves; so therefore to allow the passion for Christ to dwindle would be a grave sin against our Lord. The writer in Hebrews elaborates on this further by stating,
“For [it is impossible to restore to repentance] those who have once been enlightened [spiritually] and who have tasted and consciously experienced the heavenly gift and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted and consciously experienced the good word of God and the powers of the age (world) to come, and then have fallen away—it is impossible to bring them back again to repentance, since they again nail the Son of God on the cross…and are holding Him up again to public disgrace” (Hebrews 6:5-6).
Such striking words to those who are on the brink of extinguishing the fire of God in their lives! Surely, this is not the will of the Lord concerning anyone, especially His children.
So, what is one to do when he has reached a point to where there is very little passion for the Lord? The answer is simple: Repent. The Lord is forever gracious to those who call upon His name. Come back to your First Love, and receive Christ’s salvation again. Be alert with your salvation, knowing that you have to work it out with fear and trembling. Never allow yourself to get to the point that you completely disgrace that precious gift of salvation, for it was purchased with the price of precious blood. Invite the Holy Spirit into your life so that you may become baptized in fire (Matthew 3:11). This is the only way you will be able to reignite your fire for God again. And once you have it, never let it go again!