Here Come New Ideas for Passion

 

Ian Schneider-stocksnap

Ian Schneider-stocksnap

I was reminded this morning how hard it is to start a fire.

And if the conditions are not just right how much harder it is to keep it going.

As I was working on this, the thought came to mind about how similar this is to our Christian walk.

When passion dwindles

Just like a fire can dwindle so can a Christian’s passion.

If you’ve been a Christian for very long, I am sure that you have experienced this.

Maybe you can remember the early days when you first surrendered your life to Jesus, how on fire you were for Him.

But then it seems like that passion has just dwindled and you just can’t understand why.

You need to get stoked

Much like a fire needs stoked when it starts to dwindle, your passion as a Christian needs stoked as well.

Here are a few ways that you can do just that.

  1. Christian passion can only be kindled by getting into the source.
    • The only way anyone can have passion for Jesus is to be immersed in His presence. Much like a coal fades out when it is removed from the source of heat, so will the Christian that is not continually in the presence of Jesus.
  2. God uses other Christian to encourage you.
    • Scripture encourages Christians in Hebrews 10:25 to come together as a family of believers in order to encourage one another.

All or nothing

When it comes to your Christian walk, you have to be all in. You can’t put forth a half-hearted attempt and expect big results.

  1. It takes patience.
    • If you want to keep the flame going it takes patience. You can treat your Christian walk like a drive through. You need to set aside time which many times will require you to slow down.
  2. Maintenance is required
    • You can’t just start a fire and forget it. It will eventually burn out. You can’t set it and forget it. There is no autopilot in your Christian walk.
  3. It takes certain elements to be present. Heat, oxygen, and something to burn.
    • God brings the heat. He is the never consuming source of all. We see a great imagery of this when Moses saw that the bush was on fire and that it didn’t consume.
    • He breathes the breath of life. God has breathed the breath of life into us much like He breathed it into Adam. God is the source of life and He has blessed us with the life we have.
    • So what about something to burn? It’s up to you whether you make yourself available to burn. God never changes and never leaves you or forsakes you. He has also blessed you with a life to live. But the decision is up to you. Will you light yourself on fire?

Don’t let your Christian passion dwindle. Take action now.

Here are some resources.

 Why You Need To be Talking About Being

Four Things You Can Do To Add Some “Flavor” To Your Bible Reading (part 1)

Four Things You Can Do To Add Some “Flavor” To Your Bible Reading (part 2)

Why Not Tracking Your Bible Reading Progress Might Be Hurting You

7 Myths Uncovered About Spiritual Growth

One Decision To Your Best Spiritual Year Ever

Thinking About Setting Spiritual Goals For 2017? Do This First To Maximize Results