Has the newness worn off of your faith? Rekindling the spark in your life.

Posted: June 25, 2014 in Thoughts on God

imagesI am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 ESV)

I  once gave my wife a small flowering vine as a gift. It’s a beautiful leafy plant with bright almost neon blue pedals, very happy looking! At first, this plant was taken excellent care of, getting watered daily and being properly positioned for prime exposure to sunlight. However, as the newness of the thing wore off, we took care of it, but not as much as we did when we originally got it. When we noticed our mistake, we started to water it, care for it, and now it’s returning to it’s original beautiful state.

Often, this physical reality is played out in our spiritual lives. We begin a new bible study, sermon series, or inspirational book and are devoted and engaged straight away. But again, as the newness wears off and our interests or responsibilities begin to change we start wilting. When we neglect nourishment from Jesus the vine, we branches curl up and yellow. Sometimes we can go months without looking at our spiritual reflection, and when we finally see ourselves, we’re suddenly spurred to take a fervent devotional bath, drenching ourselves in God’s word.

While plunging deeply into scripture is never a bad thing, we must remember that reactionary living never produces consistent growth. Abide in Jesus everyday, whether you’re “on fire” at the moment or not. Find a way to renew your joy in the Lord. Whatever you do, don’t let the embers die and become distracted, allowing the blooms of your life to whither and die.

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