Ask almost any guy that I know and they’ll agree that in general explosions are fun and fire is fun. Just watch a bunch of guys around the campfire and you’ll see what I mean. Explosions, because they’re loud, are fun, occasionally useful and generally unsustainable. Fires are fun and because they are sustainable they are inherently useful.
Every once in awhile we have the fortunate pleasure of experiencing the spiritual equivalent of an explosion. These come in the form of revival services or other great worship events. Sometimes they come on the heals of some momentous occasion in life like New Years which motivates us to revive our walk with the Lord in an explosion of Bible reading and prayer but which like most explosions soon dissipate completely sometimes leaving little more than a few straggling embers beneath the ashes. What we really need is not another explosion but a nice roaring fire, something you can cozy up to in the darkness of a cold hard world.
Last week we looked at four principles for pursuing passion from 1 Timothy 6:11-12. Flee from sin; pursue Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness; fight for faith and take hold of eternal life.
This week I want to examine the principle of keeping the fire burning. Or to put it another way, how do you maintain your passion for the Lord? It’s all about staying passionate.