Keep the fire burning - Hope 103.2

Keep the fire burning

By David ReayWednesday 5 Oct 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 12:11

11 Let us not allow slackness to spoil our work and let us keep the fires of the spirit burning, as we do our work for God. (JBP)

It is all too easy to love doing God’s work more than we love God. Those who constantly talk of loving ministry, of loving truth, of loving ‘the word’, need to be careful not to put these ‘loves’ above love of God.

We can get very busy doing all sorts of things for God, the church, and others and find that our inner relationship with God has gone cold. Our activity becomes mere hard work, giving us some satisfaction and providing some blessing for others, but at the same time it runs the risk of drying up. Or becoming embittered and resentful. There are people in churches who busily do their tasks through gritted teeth and with cold hearts.

As our text says, the remedy for that is not to grow slack or lazy. We go on serving God and others, always aware our motives may not always measure up. But we stay in touch with the living God through our own private devotions so that our acts of public devotion are reflective of a relationship with God not just a doing of our duty.

We are to keep those inner fires burning not by boasting about how busy we are but by taking the time to simply be with God and enjoy him for who he is. As the old saying goes, what use is it to have many irons in the fire if the fire is going out.

David Reay