These are just some thoughts I'd had while camping recently concerning how to build the fire of God in your life. Read Part 1, and Part 2.
It was the thick logs of wood that truly got my attention.
It changed my constant efforts to keep a fire alive to sitting back and enjoying a fire.
Where the other items, my paper, and my small sticks lasted only minutes - this... this gave us hours of enjoyment. It burned, deep and thick. And my heart cried - God, give me logs!
That spiritual burning that doesn't ever let up, that still stayed hot after we poured water on it before turning in for the night, that heat that radiated hours after we'd stopped adding wood.
The steadiness of it all, the ease of it was... mind-boggling.
But it came at a cost. The other items just took the time to pick up and stuff on the fire. Wood though, if I had not purchased it at the store would have cost me manual labor of cutting logs myself. It is not as easy as picking up stray sticks. It takes pre-meditation and effort. Or in my case, money. Which ultimately equals labor at work to earn the money.
In other words - It didn't come free.
And as I've spent the last week and a half thinking about it I have considered what those logs would be in my spiritual life.
I would compare them to time spent in earnest prayer. For every fan of the few minutes of conversation with God just before you go to bed - I think you'll see there's a difference.
I would compare them to time spent speaking in tongues and asking God for interpretation.
I would compare them to time spent not just reading the Bible but studying the Word. Seeking out answers and new/fresh revelations.
And lastly, I would compare it to time spent memorizing Gods word.
You may have some things that would add to this list. I'd love to read them if you'd like to contribute.
The logs are where the meat is. You can get saved and sit around enjoying your random stick fire. It burns bright and fast.
But me, I want logs. I want my life to be filled with time spent gathering logs in my life that will burn long and hot. It also provides more enjoyment and less searching.