When it comes to our walk as Believers in Yeshua/Jesus we are either on fire (sizzling) or the fire is going out (smoldering). There is no in between.
We are either passionately in love with Him or we are passive toward Him and in love with the world.
When we are passionately in love with Him we care about others, love others and want to help others. Love is His essence and it invades our very being and makes us like Him.
John 15:5-12 (NKJV)
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
When we are in love with the world we are self-centered and selfish because the sway of the world is to lean to the dark side – the kingdom of darkness. This leads to the coldness and lawless we see in the world today.
Matthew 24:12 (NKJV) 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Lawlessness (sin) has led to an epidemic of coldness and callousness toward all living creatures except ourself.
Television commercials make you want more even if you can’t afford it. Mainstream media glorifies selfish achievements that highlight an area of sin or rebellion. Movies and TV shows make it appealing to be in outright rebellion against the rules and righteousness of a Living God.
These are the people sitting in the pews of so called churches today. If there ever was a fire, it has gone out. They are a smoldering ashen mess who cannot “go into all the world” as the Great Commission of Mark 16:15 commanded. They are already in the world and have become of the world.
So, the question now remains – are you sizzling or smoldering? Are you combustible enough to be set aflame?