Have you ever known someone you would describe as being “on fire” in their relationship with Jesus? I sure have. There are times when I have said to myself, “I wish I was more like that.” Have you ever felt that way? It’s interesting that for some of us, the passion and joy we might have once experienced in our relationship with Christ, can ebb after time. As time passes, other things in our lives begin to take priority and focus. For some of us, if we’re honest, that “fire” has never really existed in us, which might be because we were saved at an early age and have been a Christ-follower for nearly our entire life. Here’s the deal: whatever the reason might be, you’re not alone. In fact, the Psalmist even asked for that joy to be restored as it once had been.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. (Psalm 51:12, NLT)
What impresses me most in reading this is that salvation is from the Lord and not of our own doing. I’ve actually heard people, when reciting this verse, make the mistake of substituting the “your” with “my.” Maybe we lose that “fire” because we inadvertently make that same substitution in our lives, and lose the grateful heart that fuels the fire of joy. God reaches down in his deep love and grace, and rescues us. HE saves us, and we can’t take the credit for that – not one bit. Today, read these verses and focus on the work of Jesus in our salvation. Ask Him to bring back the joy of the Gospel that may have taken a backseat in your life.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)
For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5 NLT)
As a devoted follower of Jesus, Kelly Davis is deeply grateful to be Christy’s husband and Dad to three awesome sons. Kelly is also the Pastor of Service Design at Immanuel Church, and loves creating experiences that help people engage their hearts with God. In his free time, you’re likely to find Kelly in a guitar store or on the links.