So would you say you’re “on fire” for Christ? What is your spiritual temperature? Would you consider yourself red hot, or are you feeling more on the luke warm side?
Sometimes I’ll take a moment to reassess where I am now compared to where I was the moment I found Christ. I don’t want to live my life in some kind of cooling state from what I once was. I always want to continue pushing myself to the edge in my faith walk. When I first found Jesus, it wasn’t like I was just going about my business and wham! I first committed to following the teachings of Jesus while in the struggles I was facing at that time in my life. I put my faith and trust in Him even though it seemed easier to do things my own way, the way I’ve always done them. With my trust in Jesus, struggles were overcome, mountains were moved, and this led me to be ON FIRE for Christ. [my testimony] After this initial igniting of my soul, all I could think about each and every day was Jesus and how I can go about pleasing my Lord and my Heavenly Father?
That was then, and today is a new day. So now I ask myself, “Am I walking in the same way today as I was then? Honestly, I would have to say maybe not so much. Like riding a horse full sprint, I feel like it’s been taken down to a trot, then back up to gallop at times. I continue following Christ and I remain obedient, but I find myself asking, “must it really be a struggle for my passion to be reignited the way it was that first day?”
1 John 3:22 ESV
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
God, I need you, I need your love and the power of the Holy Spirit working in me, so you may do the things you planned for me long ago.
And just like before, I must also make the choice to surrender and continue doing the things that pleases him, even when it becomes out of my way or even uncomfortable and challenging. I must continue pushing myself to the edge with my faith, just as I did at the start. As Paul put it to Timothy, “Fight the good Fight”. When personal battles seemed to subside, ready yourself and remain on guard and then consider this; it may be time to go on the offense. Where is your battle ground? Most of our battles are faught within our own mind and heart, and within your own family circles. Sometimes, the best way to fight these battles is to also fight ones outside your own camp.
I don’t want these to be just words on a page – I too need to put these words into practice more and more. So I’m going to share with you a small battle plan of our own. Today, not tomorrow, but today I commit to taking my kids out for a drive. We are going to pray for those in need of socks. And then, as a family we are going to shop for socks, a bag for each of my kid’s to donate. The church we attend recently put a big blue barrel out in the lobby for sock donations. Sunday, I want to give my kids the opportunity to live this out and feel the blessing of giving to people in need. I know this sounds like a simple task, but I know I need to armor up, and be ready to be hit with every distraction possible for the enemy to put in my path. The last thing the enemy wants is for my kids to learn more about and follow the teachings of Jesus.
Today, allow the Holy Spirit to stir up something in your heart. Allow the creative juices to flow. Pray for eyes that see and ears that hear. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and take this battle to the enemy. Always fight on your toes, not your heels, knowing the Lord is with you and will always be. He not only has your back, he has all sides. With the Lord always with you, never fear and fight the good fight.