You reminisce back on the days when you first came to Christ, and you were ready to do anything, anything for Him. You were ready to introduce everyone you encountered to your wonderful Savior King and every word from Him was liquid gold pouring into your soul. You were immersed in His Word. Hungry for Him. You could not get enough of Him. You poured out the incense of your life upon His feet. You spoke about Him all the time– every tweeting chance you got. And you didn’t care what the world thought about it because you were a new creation and there was no going back, ever.
Then time went by and you got used to your faith. Yes, used to it. Life and all its demands bombarded your faith. You became desensitized to the wonder of Christ and going through the motions became a part of you. You’d grasped a general idea of His word and could say all the right “Christian” things in your sleep. If you were to be honest, you had the knowledge of Christ, but you couldn’t feel him anymore. Not like you use to.
And the thought of it is shaming. How dare you fall out of love with your Savior. You think, “What is happening to me and where did my fire go? Where did my passion go? Why don’t I hunger like I use to?” And you question the authenticity of your relationship with God these days- drawing back and back into the haze of your conviction.
If this sounds all too familiar to you- I get it. Is it possible that our coming to Christ is a honeymoon-phase that dwindles to an end? I don’t think it has to. Like any relationship that must be rekindled it can always turn around as long as both people are working toward the relationship. And I can tell you right now Christ is already in pursuit of you. But you need to break free from the religion that has hardened your heart and foster a relationship again. Stay encouraged. It happens to the best of us.
Here are a few things we must realize if we’re going to genuinely draw near to Christ again.
Obedience is better than sacrifice.
I just want to remind you that your walk with God is much more than a few emotional goosebumps. That’s shallow faith. In fact, He’s MOST verified in your everyday, seemingly little, acts of obedience. He’s glorified in your day to day service, the dedication of your work, the love and honor you show to those around you and the way you live your life as His example- the invisible moments of your life that no one sees. God is in the mundane and normal days just as much as the power-packed worship you’ve experienced when you choose to let all your decisions glorify Him- on the job, at school, with your family and in the duties of ministry.
You abiding in God and Him abiding in you is not measured by your emotional response, it’s measured by your application– the fruit in your everyday choices, in your attitude, in your dedication to stay on course. Its not how high you jump, but how straight you walk when you come down. THIS is the proof of how closely aligned we are with being in step with Him. Your faith has matured and that in itself is a good thing to keep in mind.
Head knowledge will never replace heart knowledge.
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. – Matthew 15:8
Having the knowledge of Christ will never replace having a heart for Christ. I’m sure you know this but let’s let it really sink in. The two can be intertwined, but if we’re not careful it can become a slippery slope that leads us down a path of self-righteousness. Some of us are so consumed by what we know and we’re settled with it. We’ve somehow come to settle that we know “enough”. We’re fat on knowledge of the word, but we’re not hungry for the Author of the word. This is where our pride must be broken, because, like the Pharisees, it is the same barrier that is keeping us from knowing Christ with our hearts. Step back from the glorification of knowledge and submit to the glory of the Lord. Remember who He is in your life- not just who you know Him to be- but who He is operating in your life right now. Look for His hand in the every day and even in the tiniest of coincidences. Never stop being in awe of how He is moving.
Remember His faithfulness.
Be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt. – Deuteronomy 6:12
Did you forget how far the Lord brought you? Have you gotten spiritual amnesia and lost touch with the place you were in before Christ saved you and the places He’s delivered you from over and over again? We get to a solid place, a comfortable place in our life and in our faith, so much so that we disconnect with our redemption. Sometimes the quickest way to rekindle your fire for God is to get back in touch with what He has done for you. Remember His faithfulness! It’s when we lose sight of the fact that God parted the seas and made a way where there was no way that we wander through the wilderness and get caught up creating an idol- the idol of our work, idol of knowledge, the idol of you name it. And slowly but surely God no longer has first place in our hearts.
Stop. Meditate on what God has done for you. Make a list of all that He has for you and watch your heart turn from stone to flesh again.
Get off social media and walk it out.
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. –Proverbs 11:25
So you want to be refreshed? Get off social media and live it. Encourage a friend face to face. Volunteer locally or at your church. Don’t just go to church. Be the church! Serving others refreshes us because when we see how lives are touched by this gospel, it reminds us of why we’ve been purposed by God.
If your timeline is anything like mine, the social media world can be so submerged in virtual Christianity that it’s easy to lose touch with authentic Christianity. I think it is so wonderful that technology has given us the opportunity to reach people around the world from where we are. I have an online ministry and will be the first to endorse the benefits. But when it comes to living out the gospel, it cannot just be online. Social media Christianity cannot replace actually living Christianity.
Surround yourself with the inspired.
Who you surround yourself with will make a life-changing impact on your faith. You need people around you who will pour into you and inspire you to have that awe for the Lord. I cannot tell you how many times my friends have refreshed me when I was low. Them being inspired by what God is doing, inspired me! Even if it’s just through a phone call. It’s contagious! Hold onto and look out for people who are consumed by the glory of Christ in their lives and invest in such relationships.
Repent of self-sufficiency.
It is all too easy to operate apart from God in this world. After all, you cannot see God so why not take care of things yourself when the opportunity arises? You don’t know what God is doing, but you know what you’re doing, and it’s easier to have confidence in that because it’s tangible.
But are we not commanded to walk by faith and not by sight? Don’t you know that when God sovereignly intervenes His solution is a million times better than the plan we’re stressing to hold together? Those who put their life in God’s hands will see God’s hand in their life. And when it happens, it awakens your soul. It’s simple, but it takes being intentional. Repent and break the pride of your heart that says, “I don’t need God” because it surely cuts you off from genuinely experiencing Him again. Regaining fire and relationship with the Lord isn’t always a matter of “trying harder” but surrendering more.
Pray for a fresh fire & get back to the basics.
God knows how and where to touch your heart because He made it. He knows where to speak to you where you will hear Him. For me, it’s usually when I’m creating or envisioning. I know that when I create for Him, He is first creating within me and that connection just reminds me that He is with me. Sometimes it’s in a desert season, where every door is closing, so I am narrowed to turn and depend on Him alone. Whatever it is, He knows how to reach you. Pray for God to touch you. Pray for an increase in sensitivity to His voice. Pray for a fresh fire in your soul. These are not only prayers that he can answer, but prayers that He wants to answer. God loves when we hunger to seek Him and He will meet us (James 4:8). Praying these things will also re-open a genuine line of communication with God, which is necessary when your heart has been at a distance for so long.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of getting back to the basics. So you know you should love people. You know the word is alive and active. You know prayer is essential. None of that means anything if you don’t actually pour your heart, mind and soul into actually doing these things. Get back to deeply loving people and caring for their soul again.
Some of you have grown so bitter and critical of folks- sick of your fellow Christians and the church even- and it’s closing off your heart; not just from people but from the love of God pervading your life. You forgot how to love the broken and imperfect as Christ has loved you.
Get back to the wonder of what God’s word might reveal to you today. Get back to a daily prayer life that lives in expectation of seeing God move in your life. No matter how far along you are in your life, make sure your basic foundation is established on an authentic faith and everything else will outpour from there.
Have you been struggling with comfortable Christianity and losing fire for Christ? Was this helpful for you? Let’s chat in the comments below!