RENEWAL Devotional: Keep the Flame Burning
Written by: Lydia D’Ross, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain and ordained minister
Keep the flame burning applies not only to our intimate relationships, but also to our personal relationship with our heavenly Father. The book of Songs of Solomon shares the love affair King Solomon had with his wives. The book is a very passionate love story, one that can often be read over and over, to rekindle the flame in our relationship with our mate.
Our heavenly Father embodies the breadth and depth of love and He wants us to have a close relationship with Him. It is not enough to just know that there is a God, believing this is all we need to get to heaven. There is much more than that, as Jesus says in Mathew 7:23 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not ….[do these things in your name] 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you…” Jesus was saying that many know about Him and about His promises, but never took the time to develop a close relationship with Him. Just going to church, for example, is not enough to truly know Christ. Jesus eagerly wants to be with you and share His plans for your life. It takes daily devotion, prayer and talking to our heavenly father. It is a dedication that is similar to what it takes to have a successful marriage. If we ignore our spouse and don’t spend quality time with them, eventually, the love they had once shared, will fade away.
Don’t let that happen to you and those who are important in your life. Begin today and rekindle that flame with our heavenly Father as well as with our earthly relationships. Let the way you spend your time be a reflection of what is important to you. Begin by setting aside daily devotional time, and let those around you know how much you care for them. Simple gestures and thoughts of kindness go a long way in a relationship.
God showed us His love for us by sending Christ on the cross, so we may have eternal life. –John 3:16. Our heavenly father loves us that much! So spend time with Him today!