Devotions By Jan

Catching Fire!

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Scripture for Today: Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

I never learned how to make fire in any badge-earning program or camp.  It seems like such a “macho” activity!  In learning about making fires I was surprised to see so many methods, some of which seem quite unorthodox.  The lens-based methods include the use of flint and steel, fire from ice, a soda can and chocolate bar or batteries and steel wool.  But the friction-based method is the most difficult and what usually comes to mind.  Spinning a spindle against a fireboard creates the friction that produces the ember.

Our verse for today talks about believers gathering together for the purpose of stimulating each other to show love and be involved in good works.  When we rub elbows with other believers, there can be friction.  We can rub each other the wrong way.  There can be personality differences that cause friction.  But there is a positive side to this friction.  We are stimulated and encouraged to do our best for the Lord.

The Lord knew we needed to be around other believers.  On our own we have the tendency to become lax in our Christian walk.  On our own we tend to become self-centered.  Being around believers that are living out their faith is stimulating.   Seeing the enthusiasm of believers to invest in the lives of others serves as a spark to get my fire going!  My spark may seem small and insignificant, but it can be catching.

Thank you Lord, that together we do make a difference for You.



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