|"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light"|
1 Peter 2:12, ESV).
Matchbook Faith in a Matchless God
Sometimes, I slip away and preach myself happy. This morning I preached about letting the flame of faith flicker and die.
I heard myself comparing faith to a book of paper matches. I preached about how easy it is to extinguish a lit book of matches. Stomp on them. Water them down. Or simply wait as they burn out. In no time, the unfueled fire is extinguished.
I preached about letting my spiritual light flicker in the breeze of life. Weighted down with tears of heartache. I reminded myself that it’s hard to light a damp matchbook. The flimsy paper moistens the sulfur, keeping it from doing its job.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that all this won’t work with a lit stick of dynamite.
Because if dynamite has a wick that is connected and lit, it has unstoppable fire and power.
With Him stirring in my gut, I kept going.
I said what I needed, what we all need, is to trim our wicks and fuel the fire. To remove the stuff holding us back. To find the tenacity of a stick of dynamite. As my mini-sermon continued. I heard myself talking about how predators look for light to steal.
Not to use it; just take it away so we can’t.
Stop. How anyone steal our Light?
His answer: “You let them.”
So I kept going.
I reminded myself how predators see our struggles then swoop in. Not to help as they proclaim.
They come in offering to take God’s place in our lives.
I concluded with a stark reminder to be aware of dimming light; to beware of Satan and his minions as a real threat: because predators won’t come near blazing fires.
But let one dwindle – even for a short season – and they swoop in, to crowd out anything that can refuel it.
Oh y’all…it was a great sermon.
I talked about giving in to emotions. About their (emotions) instability when influenced by our environment. How unstable a double minded Christian is in all their ways. How emotions are fickle and can’t be trusted…I’d love to say that I remember how this one concluded but I don’t.
However, I remember this:
- Light always illuminates
- Only God can fuel our internal Light
- Light gives us power
- It helps us see what’s ahead
- We either expose darkness or accept it
- We choose what steals our Light
- Predators are fire extinguishers.
Prayers for a weekend full of Light.