|Yesterday I shared the importance of making the decision to commit to a life with Christ. The transformative power of the Gospel is that no matter how bad things get in your life, God can make it better, even if you can’t see it in the moment. Maybe right now you feel pressed, but guess what, you will not be crushed. You’re persecuted, but not abandoned by God. You’re struck down, but you’re not destroyed. Marcus Aurelius, the stoic philosopher and emperor, said something very simple and obvious that drives me in my daily life: “Fire feeds on obstacles.” I want to paraphrase this to say “Fire thrives on obstacles.”
The best way to put out a fire is to get rid of what? The obstacles. Fires grow out of control due to trees and brush in its way, and dangerous fuels. We Christians sometimes need to be pressed down a bit, experience persecution, or struck down because each of these obstacles will cause us to grow. God placed a fire inside of you at birth. At your spiritual rebirth, it was a greater fire that was ignited when you were filled with the Holy Spirit.
Friend, you know life is a fight, right? It is a constant fight for what matters to you and your loved ones. You have to get into the fight for your values, for your life, and for your family. To start the race off, you should put your God-given passions into the fight. The best thing to do is to release the fire, release the power, release the life within. Let me encourage you today — get into the fight!