Disclaimer – I’m by no means a biblical scholar, but I am a God-fearing, God-loving man, and this is what I’ve got to say.
Have you ever had a realization so serious it has literally made you wide awake? Made your palms get clammy? Brought you to tears? Well I had one of those right as I laid down to go to sleep, and this is what overflowed from me after.
Every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day, someone has died and gone to hell. Some of these people thought they were safe from those fires that they’ve ended up in. These may be people we know! Our neighbors! Our friends! Our loved ones! The shocking reality is that it could be any one person you know. Besides the person, who is to blame? I am. You are. Any single follower of Christ that had a chance to intervene in that person’s life but chose not to. Earlier today I wrote a blog about what the word saved means as a Christian, and now I’m going to go one step further and say what it should look and feel like.
There should be a fervent (of extreme passion) fire in your soul and in your heart for God, the church, and the lost. We should actually want to spend time with Him, but what do we do instead? Watch T.V? Gossip? Go to the movies? Why is it so hard to just turn the T.V. off for just 30 min and pray? Why is it that we can overlook our brothers and sisters sins and say nothing? Why is it that we can watch movies with nudity that drop 400 F-bombs, 300 G-D’s and a million other vile things and just be ok with it because it is “entertainment”. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HATE SIN. HATE IT. As a matter of fact, it is one of the ONLY things we are ALLOWED to hate!!! Where has that fervent fire that drove Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, Peter, Paul, John, and countless others gone to? Where’d it go?
It hasn’t gone anywhere! We have lost it! Not the other way around! How can we ignore and deny this fire that is supposed to be burning inside?!?! It is the fire that brings us to die daily and pick up our crosses. It is the fire that says, “You’ve been made new, so act like it!” How have we been so quick to forget that this burning passion is what built nations? How have we let it slide through our fingers? Where has that fire gone?
I know at one point in my own life I had lost that flame…. Have you? Do you have it now? If not, when did you notice? Was it before now? It took me reflecting back on the fruit that my life was bearing to realize I had let that flame slip away from my life.
Do you find yourself in this place?….
What are you going to do about it?….
God is faithful friend, and if you ask, He will provide.