Posted by: Drew Wilson | January 25, 2010

To start a fire…

Ok, so here’s a short one (inspired by Terrell, the youth minister at Harvest Point Nacogdoches; gotta give credit where it is due)

If you like to go camping or if you have a fire place you have probably had the experience of starting a fire. You would probably agree (unless you’re magical) that it takes a little time and patience to get a fire started. You can’t just take a lighter out to a big hunk of wood and all of a sudden there’s a raging fire in front of you.

If you have ever used lighter fluid you know that you can make it look like there’s a strong fire burning only to realize moments later that it was just a flash and its gone.

Where is this going? (you might ask)

Well, Spiritually we need to be building a fire for God. This is a SLOW process. It takes patience and consistency. It looks like reading your bible, praying, being discipled by more mature believers and acting on your beliefs. (not the most exciting things sometimes, but the pay-off is well worth it) Sometimes we have those lighter fluid experiences. We get excited and we’re “on-fire” for God, but those flames die fast and unless there’s a solid fire beneath it, you’re going to burn out and grow cold.

Luke 9:23-24 23Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Following Christ is a daily activity and it can only be accomplished through faith in him. (not because of your hard work or effort alone, although those are very needed)

So, start a fire, slowly build it and don’t get impatient when its not a blazing inferno after 3 days, just be patient and keep trusting, learning and putting all your faith in him.

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