Churches love to have Harvest Parties every fall around Halloween. We would always add a bonfire and hayride (if possible). We would build a big fire and when first lit, it would blaze up and light up the whole area. However, in a short amount of time, if more wood was not added the fire would begin to dim.
In the Christian life I can say the same thing happens. Matthew 5:16 tells us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
When the fire starts to go out at the camp fire, the light progressively gets dimmer and dimmer. The light in the Christian’s life doesn’t go out all at once either. It gets dimmer and dimmer. We Baptists use the word “backslide.” We are not talking about salvation but we’re referring to the Christian’s walk with the Lord. I am talking about your relationship with The Lord fading from where it used to be.
My question is then, “How do we know if our Spiritual Light is fading?” I think it can be sensed in a couple of ways.
- It can be sensed in an INWARD FADING LIGHT.
PSALM 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
PSALM 119:130, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”
If you, as a Christian neglect feeding your soul, (bible study, prayer, attending church faithfully, etc.), you will begin to feel the zeal, the passion, the excitement of your Christianity begin to fade. I believe your “Spiritual Fire” is beginning to die out.
I think another way we can sense this fading spiritual fire is:
2. You can sense it with an OUTWARD FADING LIGHT.
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 CORINTHIANS 3:2, “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.” (ESV). This verse is so important because it is instructing us that our testimony is proving the reality of Jesus Christ to others.
When the fire is going out, beginning to dim, in the Christian’s life you will see it in the Christian’s testimony.
I trust you’re enjoying this study. I hope you’ll check out tomorrow’s post because I’ll be sharing a funny story about myself.