A Consuming Fire
There have been times in my life when I got absorbed in a sport or a hobby. I spent a lot of energy stamp collecting when I was younger, and even more for a while golfing. I dreamed for a while of learning how to fly, but in the end that never panned out either. What consumes you? Is it TV, or social media? Maybe it’s your side gig? What gets your spare time and your best moments?
The author of Hebrews tells us that God is a consuming fire. God’s kingdom is coming. It is here. If we will let him, God will consume more and more of our lives and our time right here on earth. For our years on earth, our life is ours to give. If we follow God and obey him, we experience more and more of him. Eventually he consumes us. One day, every knee will bow. One day everyone will acknowledge Jesus as Lord. But until then, we can choose.
Hebrews Chapter 12 begins by challenging us to lay aside the sin that entangles us. And it ends by saying that God is a consuming fire. If we will let go of our sin and seek God’s will for us, he will engage us and consume us. We can fully integrate our life with his and enjoy his joy and peace no matter what our circumstances.
We begin another Mission Trip this Sunday. For the next 2 weeks, we practice following Jesus more in the moment-by-moment of our daily life. Go to MarketplaceMissionTrip.com to learn more and sign up for the next mission trip. No matter when you hear this, you can always go there and sign up for the next mission trip. Cooperate with God. Trust him and watch him consume more of your energy for his purpose. You’ll experience more meaning, purpose and joy in your work than ever before.
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