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Do You Remember When You Were On Fire?

Do you remember when you were on fire for Christ?

I know that you think that you are now.  I pray that you are.  Unfortunately, for many of us, the new has worn off.

When we first came into a relationship with Christ, we knew something needed to change.  Our lives couldn’t stay the same.  Even for us who grew up in church, we knew that our lives couldn’t stay the same as before.

We met resistance.  After all, we probably weren’t bad people before.  We followed the rules.  We helped our neighbors when they needed it.  We might have driven a little fast, but that was the extent of our criminal behavior.  We said grace.  We said ma’am.  If some someone was into that, well, we may or may not have said the next line of the Hank Jr song.

We were encouraged to slow our roll.  Whoa. Whoa. Whoa.  Don’t get too excited.  After all, we were new to this thing of following Christ.  We had a long time to figure things out.  We needed to learn the language and the culture.  Let things settle a bit before we get going on this journey with Christ.  We didn’t need to be like all of those Jesus Freaks who turn the world upside down.

Heaven forbid if we wanted to make any changes in the church.  After all, some of the folks had been there all their life.  It needed to stay exactly the same until they were gone.  Then we could change it, but why would we want to?  We would be so old by that time that the services would be a nostalgic reminder of the good old days.  Those young folks could change it once we were gone.  Hadn’t I heard that before somewhere?

Why would we want to do any of the work in the church?  Sure, teaching a Sunday School class was fine.  Otherwise, that’s what we have staff for.  Visitation?  We’re paying the preacher for that.  Someone’s sick in the hospital?  If the preacher isn’t there with you during the surgery, it’s time to have a talk with him.  If  that doesn’t go well, let’s get the deacons involved.

I could go on and on.  It’s sad really, isn’t it?  Many of us are beaten down by this resistance.  Sometimes it’s subtle and sometimes it isn’t.  The goal, however, is the same no matter what.

Reduce us down to something less than what Christ intended us to be.  To make us followers of something other than Him.  Hope that tradition, nostalgia and ambition will replace the Person we follow.

To take the fire  that was once burning hot for Christ and make it burn for something, anything else.

Do you remember when you were on fire for Christ? 

Categories: Christianity, Church, Faith
  1. March 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Much of what you are writing about is my daily life as a pastor.

  2. March 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I can say the same as Bill since we are full time in the ministry. But I know I do not have the fire I had when I first got saved. Oh to be a babe in Christ again, before cautious set in, before walking on egg shells became a method. This is a challenging post brother…my toes are sore now.

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