On fire for God!
On the weekend, I was putting a piece of wood into our wood fire and a coal fell out and landed on the hearth.
Within a few minutes, the coal had cooled down and it changed colour. Instead of being a bright red colour, it quickly changed into a dull black colour.
After the coal had cooled down, I was able to pick it up using my fingers and I placed it back in the fire and soon, the coal changed from the dull black colour into the bright red colour again.
This example of the coal reminded me of how important it is that we keep meeting with other believers, both on a Sunday and during the week. We need to meet, so that we can share our faith with each other and so that we can strengthen each other in the Lord.
When we keep meeting and encouraging each other in our walk with God, we are like the coal in the fire as we are on fire for God (pardon the pun).
But when we stop meeting with other believers and stop encouraging each other in our faith, it is easy for our fire to go out. We can become distracted by other things and if we are not careful, we can end up replacing meeting with believers with other activities.
The good news is, just like the coal can change from being cold and black to being hot and glowing red, when we meet with other believers, we also change, as our faith is strengthened as we encourage each other.
Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us that we need to “…consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Let’s keep meeting with one another and let’s keep sharing our stories so that we remain on fire for God!
Rob Edwards, Families and Children’s Minister