When I first met Jesus, there was always a smile on my face. The fire of his love burned brightly in me and I couldnít help but radiate it to others. I was eager to share my faith with friends, acquaintances and even strangers. As the years go by, there are times when I wonder where that fire went. Many times the flame seems so small and I wonder what the joy of salvation means.
I understand that Iím not alone in these feelings. It seems to be common place for the glow to dim as Christians go about daily living. Christians live with the same difficult circumstances as anyone else, but Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, ďRejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Ē Philippians 4:4
As God often does, he showed me the problem using something as simple as a pot of flowers. The pot of petunias was beautiful when I brought it home from the greenhouse Ė full of colorful blooms. I placed it in a prominent place near my front door and basked in the many compliments received from visitors. However, as time passed, the pot produced fewer flowers and received less attention from friends. It seems that I had placed the pot in a shady area, forgetting that the plants needed sunshine to produce blooms. When I moved it to sunny area in my yard, the flowers began to appear again and soon it was as glorious as when I purchased it.
As much as I would like to think that Iím more complicated, I am very much like that pot of flowers. When Iím too busy and when Iím distracted by life - when I am out of the Sonís light - I begin to fade. I produce fewer blooms. Iím at my best when I have a daily dose of the Son. He nourishes and causes my life to bloom with his glory. And like that potted plant, others notice because Iím bursting with the Sonís love.
How enthusiastic are you about your Christian faith? Are you still joyful in your salvation? Salvation is as wonderful now as it was when it was first received. Grace is as amazing now as it was when it was first offered.
- Donít forget your daily dose of the Son. Even five minutes a day turns a dull, barren life into one that blooms with Godís love.
- Choose a reading plan, a bible study or devotional book. Develop the habit of pondering Godís word every day. (Deuteronomy 11:18-20)
- When you read a bible passage, take time to consider it. What does it mean to you? What changes does it ask of you? What can you do about it, today? (James 1:22)
- And be joyful Ė always.
A Walk With the Women of the Bible
EBook by Lynne Chapman
Join me in getting to know some amazing
women of the Bible
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lessons from their lives.
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Names of God Ebook
Almighty God. The Creator of heaven and earth.
Our God is given names in Scripture that
describe the characteristics of His personality.