The sloth spit out

"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord." Romans 12:11

Being zealous is never as easy as it should be. When I buy a new Apple product, I am zealous about it for weeks. When I first purchased Crocs I couldn't stop telling people about how I had reached a new level in comfort for my feet. I LOVED my Crocs and I was in awe of them, thrilled to put them on my feet at any time.

When it comes to the Lord, however, I find it more of an ebb and flow. I become slothful in my zeal. That is, I'm zealous for the Lord for a while, often right after I learn something life changing (eg. right after I read Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret), and then I just slow down. Quickly I lose my striving attitude for the spirit and become comfortable in my lukewarm lifestyle.

A few months ago I decided I would begin every morning with a prayer for a desire to seek the Lord because I had lacked it for so long. I was able to do that for about three days and then became incompetent in praying for competence. It is shocking to me how easily I can go through the motions of reading the word and asking for forgiveness, then praying for family and I don't even know if I mean one single word of it because it's so well rehearsed.

I remember a conversation I had over a beer with a friend where he challenged me to pray my head off, and I did, for weeks. Because he was. I need that iron to sharpen my iron. I need those around me who are on fire for the Lord and so many are slothful.

"So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." - Revelation 3:16

This should be part of fear of the Lord leading to my reverent obedience, but more, I just see myself in it and wonder what to do about it. I don't want to be spit out.

What do you do to keep from losing your zeal? I must serve the Lord, not offer Him lip service alone. Where do I find zealous men and women to encourage me? Why is it SO easy to become slothful?