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Kindling needed to light our fires

Doug Boock

My wife loves camp fires. To her, there’s nothing like relaxing in front of a pile of burning logs.

There’s just one problem. She’s married to someone who’s not a gifted camper. I have trouble lighting a match, let alone building a good camp fire.

Still, since we’ve been married, I’ve learned something about camp fires. It’s this: Good kindling is a key. You need it to get the fire going.

It’s the same way in our spiritual lives.

Our hearts can often grow cold towards God. We can become indifferent to Him, having little if any interest in relating with Him. We sit down for devotions and find we'd rather be anywhere else at that moment.

One of the best ways to re-warm our hearts toward God is by reading Scripture. It's the kindling our hearts need to fire up in passion for Christ. I can say that from my own experience. So can Pastor John Piper, from whom I learned this kindling idea in his book “Desiring God.”

One of the reasons the Bible ignites our hearts for God is because of this truth: It’s alive.

Hebrews 4:12 says it this way: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

It’s true that reading the Bible is not what makes us acceptable to God. Having Jesus as our savior is the only thing that will do that.

But reading the Bible is necessary. It teaches us about God. It teaches us how to live. It makes us wise. And it keeps our hearts warm towards God.

If you’re not enjoying your relationship with Christ, you’d likely benefit by meditating on scripture.

It can help ignite the fire of your heart for God.

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)