Summer is officially over. Can you believe it? Fall is officially around the corner. In this new season, I believe God wants to give us new life!
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland (Isaiah 43:19, NLT).
In order to receive this new life, whatever we offer to God must be alive.
Dead sacrifices were not acceptable then, nor are they acceptable for us today. Romans 12:1 says we are living sacrifices, not dead ones. Don’t you see? We are the New Testament offerings God wants to consume! So the life we offer to God must be vibrant, full of passion—and the fire must not go out!
You don’t “turn on” Sunday and then put the lights out on Monday!
Wherever we go and in whatever we do, we must produce life-giving fruit. This is what sets real Christianity apart from every other organized religion. (By the way, “organized religion” is the antithesis of what Christianity is supposed to be. It’s more like organized chaos. The Holy Spirit comes to mess up our everyday lives so someone else’s life can be straightened out!)
Our spiritual life is not to be put into a box. It shouldn’t be compartmentalized.
Our attitude should never be, “This is God’s time and this is mine.”
It’s all His!
We call Christianity a religion, but the Christian life really is not about the rules and regulations of a denomination.
It’s about life.
Every morning and evening—life! Our lives are supposed to be sending up an SOS to God continually, a fragrant aroma.
Everything we do and say is ultimately to say, “I love You. I need You. Thank You for saving me!”
To do this, our lives must be arranged “in the line of fire.” Let me pray for you:
Lord, set us on fire. Consume us through and through. Set every gift that You have placed in us, gifts that may be lying dormant, to the boiling point. Let us be a bright light set ablaze affecting this dark world. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Question: Are you alive? Do you need new life in this new season?
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