Signs of Falling Away
Please be careful as school is out and summer break has started. Kids have been out of school for one week, and how many times have you already heard this resounding phrase? “I’m bored!” This also happens sometimes in a Christian’s life. Just like some things are just meant to be a certain temperature: ice cream, soda, popsicles, ice water, ice tea – these are meant to be COLD. Coffee (ok, it can be iced too), soup, spaghetti, these are meant to be served HOT. Think of all these as lukewarm. The first thought that comes to my mind is, “Yuck!” or “Nasty!”
So it is with the Christian. God would rather us be hot or cold, but not lukewarm. 2 Thes. 2:1-10 talks about these who have fallen away, Christians who have become luke warm, complacent; those who have lost that first love; they have gotten bored with their faith: Apostate: to abandon or renounce your faith, losing your zeal and falling away from the truth. Difficulties come our way; our lives change for some reason – death, divorce, loss of a job, financial troubles – many other reasons, and we are dealt a blow of reality. These things can cause us to be shaken, maybe to stumble or even fall. We forget we have a stronghold here that will help us keep from being shaken apart. Through Christ, God provided us with the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. Satan is roaming amongst us, trying to steal our joy, trying to rock our foundation. We become apathetic and compromise our faith. We may even doubt God’s plan for us.
We need to rekindle the flame inside us, stoke that fire by stirring the coals. You’ve see it, a campfire that has swindled down to just glowing embers. The fire that once burned strong is gone, but with a little air and some wood it will become a strong raging fire again. Do you need the Holy Spirit to breathe life back into the heart of your fire? Do you need Him to poke those coals to rekindle that fire that once raged in your heart? Thankfully it is very easy to ask Him to help you rekindle that fire and bring you back to your first love. The good news is God is waiting for you to return – no questions asked; no strings attached, but come back just the way you are. How can that be? It’s only because of grace.