"Tending Our Fire"

September 22, 2022 | By Chuck

  As a kid, I remember watching my dad tend the fire in the fireplace. He would poke the burning wood and even add more wood to the fire in hopes of keeping the fire burning strong. If dad had started a fire and just left it, never tending it at all, the fire would eventually burn out. Sadly, that very thing happens in many marriages. A marriage starts with a passionate fire in the hearts of the newlyweds. You might say they are on fire for each other. Unfortunately, far too often that once strong burning fire of passion goes unattended and the marital fire burns out.

            Bruce McLarty did a great job in our relationships seminar last week explaining the fire we have for God and how we must tend that fire. As young Christians, we possessed this new fire of excitement and zeal for God. One must tend that fire for God every day to keep that fire burning bright and strong for the Lord. We tend our spiritual fire for God by gathering to worship with our family on Sunday, reading God’s Word, and having a strong prayer life. Surrounding ourselves with good spiritual role models who have a strong fire for God only helps to keep our fire for God burning. The truth of the matter is if it is a physical fire for warmth, the fire of passion in our marriage, or the fire of zeal we have as Christians for God, all fires need tending. Every unattended fire will eventually burn out.

            “If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jer. 20:9). Jeremiah had a fire for God and we should too, but we must make sure to tend that fire so that it always burns strong and never burns out.