Inevitably, where there is a beginning, there is an end. An average fire lasts about 24 – 72 hours. I have never heard of a fire that lasted 2 – 3 months. Why is this so? This is because the source or cause of the fire is not being replenished. If there’s a fire and you keep pouring petrol on it or fanning the embers, then it keeps on burning. If however you abandon this fire, sooner rather than later, it will go out. What am I trying to say?
When we newly give our lives to Christ, we are excited, or we ought to be. But, how long can excitement that is not being fed last? You just newly discovered the saving grace in the name and blood of Jesus; excellent. Your Christianity however transcends this initial stage. It is the things you begin to find out about God that makes you hunger for more. The word of God says in Matthew 5: 6, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled’.
The responsibility is on us to keep our individual fires burning for God. We really can’t afford to be blowing hot and cold for God. In fact, that’s a sign of dysfunction. Recently, the air conditioner in my car began to act up. I mean when something that’s supposed to be blowing cold is blowing hot, you just know that there’s something wrong somewhere. It’s just the same with our Christian life. Christians are supposed to blow hot always, there’s no leeway to blow cold.
The thing is, we are very aware when this begins to happen. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a gradual process. Reading a novel instead of reading the bible. Gisting with your friend when you know you haven’t prayed today. Going to see Batman v. Superman when you know its fellowship time.
In simple terms, it all boils down to the sacrifices we are willing to make for the sake of our place in eternity. Don’t let your fire go out.