Everyone I know has a microwave. Yet I have never seen a microwave commercial. I was thinking about microwaves since it was recently Easter and I saw that Christianity seems to get put in a microwave on Easter because the fire Christians feel at that time gets hot very fast. For pastors it’s the Super Bowl, opening night of Hamilton, and the first trip to Disneyland kind of excitement. 

But what happens a week after when that fire dies down inside? How do you stay on fire for God?

When I was in marriage counseling, the counselor told me the best way to keep the fire going in our marriage is to never let it go out. That translates to our relationship with Christ. 

When I first became a Christian, I wanted to tell everyone that same day. But over time, life got in the way, and I became busier and busier. I still loved God, but I wasn’t as excited anymore. Life is hard. Some days, I am positive that God is not listening to a word I say.

At times like these, we need go back to our roots and remember where we came from. Let’s think of the good times and ask God for strength to keep us engaged. He will never leave us or forsake us. Let’s turn our relationship with him into a slow cooker, not a microwave oven, and never let that fire go out. Everyone will see and feel that light from us. 

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for keeping that desire to want to serve you burning within my soul. Sometimes I get discouraged and distracted. Help me to remember who you are and who I am in Christ. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Throughout This Day: Take time to reflect on all that you have seen God do since the day you entrusted your life to him. Praise and worship him throughout this day, giving thanks for all the blessings you become aware of as you go from task to task.

Tags: Daily Devotional Matthew 5
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