January 2

Don't Let The Fire Go Out!

“Why is the house of God neglected? Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts.” Nehemiah 13:11b

When the Olympics came to America several years ago, part of the experience was to see the Olympic flame. For every Olympics, a flame is lit from the eternal Olympic flame in Greece and then carried to wherever the Olympic games are being held. The flame made its way to Atlanta for the opening ceremonies by traveling all over America first.

Volunteers and heroes from all over America carried torches holding the flame from place to place. While the flame was passing through Tacoma, Washington, Harley Sheffield had the honor of carrying it on his bicycle. As he was crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the expansion grates on the bridge blew a tire out on his bike. The torch popped out of its holder, fell onto the bridge, and broke into pieces. The Olympic flame was extinguished.

Sheffield was horrified. They would have to go all the way back to Greece and start over again! He would go down in history as the man who allowed the flame to go out! His panic was unnecessary because a “mother flame” was present in a trailing van as well as a replacement torch. Thus, he could resume his duty, and the Olympic flame traveled onward.

We must keep that fire burning! Ask Jesus to reignite your fire, your passion. God has asked all that follow Him to do something. Maybe you are being called to pray or help with the “kiddos” or serve the homeless. God has put a fire in you, and we never know what life we would have touched and changed, if we let that fire burn out.

This story provides a great illustration of our walk with God. Too many times we stumble and allow out flame to go out. If your flame has been doused, there is not a “mother flame” to restore it. But there is a “Father flame” who stands ready to light your torch today, and He will keep it lit.

Prayer for today: Eternal God, today we give special thanks that     we’ve once more heard the “still small voice” and come to You in prayer. Now that You have our attention, set our hearts on fire with a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Fan the flame of faith and hope at Good Shepherd. Show us Lord, as You did Nehemiah, how we can best use our time, talents, and treasures to further our church’s vision for Your glory. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”