February 9, 2009
When Your Fire Grows Dim
2 Timothy 1
Do you feel yourself growing cold toward the Lord? Though we, who are children of God, can never lose our salvation, it is possible for our spiritual passion to cool.
Today’s passage reveals that even Timothy experienced a decrease in his excitement for God. That’s why Paul wrote, encouraging the young pastor at Ephesus to fan the flame of his faith.
Spiritual “cooling” can happen to any Christian. Oftentimes, it starts when tragedy or disappointment diverts one’s attention. Instead of crying out to the Lord and finding shelter in Him, the believer slowly ceases reading the Bible. The Word of God is like wood in a fireplace: the flames can be kept alive only when there are logs to burn. As less time is spent in Scripture, other aspects of the relationship with God are affected: church attendance diminishes, giving becomes sporadic, and prayer—which seems increasingly stale—is used only for emergencies.
No longer willing to stand up for what he once deemed important, the Christian soon starts to compromise. He may feel plagued by guilt and become defensive about the way he is living. Finally, the joy, contentment, and peace from God are replaced by worry, doubt, and fear.
A believer who allows himself to drift will miss out on the joy and fulfillment of a rich relationship with the Lord. Think back. Is your excitement about the things of God stronger than ever before? Or has it diminished over time? If your fire needs stoking, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how.
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