Here are three (among thousands) of reasons I drift toward lukewarmness in my Christian life:
- I don’t really understand how God loves me. Sometimes I think God loves me generally — like John 3:16 kind of love. Instead, there is a greater love. It’s the “great love” of Ephesians 2:4-5 which says that God saved me because of the “great love with which he loved” me. John 3:16 doesn’t save anyone. It’s just an offer. Ephesians 2 love saves individuals.
- I don’t really understand how God satisfies me. Revelation 3:15-18 urges me to spend my time, money, and energy on spiritual needs, not physical ones. I often forget that my greatest need is spiritual, not physical. I tend to think that I have everything I need because I have more than enough food, shelter, and clothes. But Jesus wants me to invest in spiritual things so that my soul is cared for, not just my body.
- I don’t really understand what God has waiting for me. In 1 John 3:2, I’m told that I’m not yet like Christ, but I will be when I see him face to face. A good tool to fight lukewarm living is to think about death and eternity often. Sometimes I forget that I will actually leave this world and meet my Savior, whether through death or Jesus’ return. Remembering that will remind me Earth is not my home and it will motivate me to fight and kill lukewarm living and pursue holiness more readily.