It is much easier to worry about our neighbor’s fire. We start to ask why they aren’t leading worship anymore or why they don’t bring a word. We automatically assume that their fire for Christ dwindled.
Meanwhile, somewhere in the congregation, we find ourselves unable to even listen to what is being preached.
Instead, our minds are showing us that long list of chores that needs to be completed the upcoming week.
Some of us are saying to ourselves man this person is boring I can’t even focus on what he or she is teaching.
How many of us go home and immediately begin to feel distant from God? We start going in circles wondering where our passion and fire went.
We pick the Bible up only on Sundays because it’s “what we are required to do” as a result by Sunday afternoon we hang up our desire to read and pray all the while wondering why we feel so lonely.
It seems so much easier to identify when someone else “Fire” for God has died but we are unable to see when we are empty.
Matthew 7:3-5 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
What are you focusing on?
If we aren’t constantly throwing into the fire to keep it going eventually it’s going to start going out. If you listen closely a fire isn’t quiet 🤫 it makes noise and it feels hot.
When have you ever been near a fire that feels lukewarm?
I believe we need to stop giving our chore list or Netflix shows so much of our attention.
Some of us wonder why we can’t connect with our spouse, children, or even God.
We need to give more attention to our kids and our spouses whom God has given us and less attention to things that do not contribute to our faith.
God says in So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Honestly, it seems like God much rather us pick a side than straddling the fence. He rather us not be hypocrites and choose already.
Let us become more intentional about God and what he wants us to do for his kingdom.
Let’s do less snap chat and Tick Tock and more seeking his will for our lives and our families’ lives. Let’s stop worrying about our to-do list and give God the attention he deserves.Because when we do everything else begins to fall into its place.
Instead of looking for a new hobby to bring us fulfillment or putting so much effort into researching the latest diet in hopes that it will make us whole we should put all that energy in discovering who Jesus Christ truly is.