Do you remember how you felt when you arose from the waters of baptism after having accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If you were like me, you would probably also remember that feeling of great zeal and enthusiasm for God, that you would be the most productive servant that you could ever be for God every single day of your life for as long as you lived. Isn’t that the best feeling in the world, when we are at our spiritual high?
How can we, however, keep up the spiritual high? How can we keep that fire burning? “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,” says Paul in 2 Timothy 1:6a. Remember that fanning a spark into a flame is not a passive act; it requires patience, diligence and the skill acquired from experience. Just as we can’t expect our relationships to flourish without work, we can’t expect to maintain our enthusiasm for God, His Word and His work without effort. Also, do not allow the negative actions of others, the cares of this world, idleness and laziness stomp out the fire of our zeal for God. Instead, I encourage you to meditate on God’s word (Psalm 1:3), to put on love (Colossians 3:14), to immerse yourselves in prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), to practice hospitality (Romans 12:13), and to think on “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report…” (Philippians 4:8). Remember the promise in James 4:8: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Like Paul’s encouragement to Timothy, may we kindle our fire so that our flames for God may burn even more brightly!