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by Grant Everly
A common temptation that Christians seem to have today is not taking the Bible literally. This is quite unfortunate because when we dilute God’s word, we end up missing the radical and captivating nature of what God has given us.
Often, we live in a bashful way when it comes to our faith and sharing it with others. While it’s good to not be overly aggressive in sharing Christ with others, my fear is that we’ve watered down the gospel to the point where it no longer captivates and consumes us.
In Jeremiah 20:9, Jeremiah says:
But if I say, “I will not mention his word
or speak anymore in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot.
When reading a passage like this I can’t help but think of my own life, and quite frankly what Jeremiah says doesn’t really hold true for me. Rarely is God’s word “in my heart like a fire” or “a fire shut up in my bones,” and in reality, I don’t know many people who are “weary” of holding the gospel in. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Many Christians live life with a mentality in which they’re anything but weary of holding in God’s word, and this is rather ironic. When we truly take the time to dwell on what Christ did for us the attitude that Jeremiah has becomes second nature; when we take into account that we are free from the punishment of our sins and able to spend eternal life with our Creator the idea of having Christ in our hearts like a fire is something that seems blatantly obvious.
So perhaps the solution to our apathy in regard to sharing Christ lies in our reflection upon what Christ did for us. I believe that when we take the time to truly be transformed by what Christ has done, God’s word will naturally be a fire that we can’t hold in. The prospect of having every Christian consumed by Christ to the point where they can’t hold Him in is a very cool thing to think about. It may seem a little farfetched, but the reality is that in reflecting upon what happened on the cross, God’s word truly consumes us to the point that God’s word is a fire within our hearts. Hopefully, we can all take a step back to be reminded of the amazing gift of salvation, so that the power of God’s word might become a fire within us that we are eager to share with others.
Grant Everly is a sophomore at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.