Why is it that the fire of my passion for Christ so easily turns into a smoldering coal? I get all fueled up after an awesome message, after seeing Him working so evidently in my life, after reading a powerful blog post on one of the blogs I follow, or after being completely challenged and blessed by the examples of godly believers around me. The fuel ignites a flame and my bed of coals burns brightly for an hour or a day, sometimes as long as a week....And then, before I know it, my fire dies down and my light grows dim.
I was pondering all of this while working at the little coffee shop this week, and realized that my fire burns out because I forget so quickly the great things He has done. I was going over in my head what the Lord had done for me, what I owe Him in return, and I began to write it out. (On the back of a pay envelope, because that's what was handy.)
I started to write, from my perspective, the step by step changes in my life that occurred since I fully turned my life over to Him, and before I knew it, my pen couldn't keep up with my mind.
Rescued: From my destructive, self-serving, arrogant self.
Redeemed: I've been bought with a price
Cleansed: From the filthy rags I considered to be my righteousness.
Set free: From my slavery to sin.
Renamed: "Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God."
Valued: God saw a worth in me that caused Him to pay the ultimate price for my freedom.
Loved: With a love that is larger than life.
Grateful: To a new Master who bought me to set me free. I'm more than grateful - I'm...
Indebted: To say, "Thank you" is inadequate, and it would be impossible to repay the debt I owe.
Bond slave: Because it's my desire to take the life He bought back, and give it over to Him.
I wrote until the envelope would hold no more, and stood back in complete awe. The Lord worked a complete transformation in my heart and life, and all I need to do to be reminded is to look in the mirror. Oh, and the flame? It's been ignited today.