Slow Burning Wood

Ezekiel 8
2 Timothy 1

If you had access to the fountain of youth would you keep it to yourself or share it? If you had found the secret to immortality would you tell anyone? If you knew the source of a power that could end death and bring the dead to life…but we do! We know him and he looks like Jesus.

“the power of God...has been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour 
Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality 
to light through the gospel,”
2 Timothy 1:8-10.

Ezekiel 8 continues to paint the vivid horror of priestly hearts that have turned away from God. The greatest miracle in the world is not physical youth, life or beauty, but the defeat of ugly sin – a much greater need and potential benefit by far. That power of God is implanted in us via Christ’s action and submission to the cross. It is a power not so outwardly noticeable in my daily life, but just as a piece of wood contains all the energy that is released when it is burned, so we also contain the imprint of God’s power that burns in us when we have faith. For this reason Paul exhorts Timothy to ‘fan into flame the gift of God which is in you.’ (v6) for if we do this people will notice we are inescapably different and either fall on their knees before Christ or persecute us in feeble resistance to the power of love that dwells within our hearts.



2 thoughts on “Slow Burning Wood

  1. Thank you Matthew. I like the three characteristics that Paul mentions about the effective Christians leader, and we all are leaders in one way or another. Power, love and self-discpline. Gods love in us should be the norn for the Christian. Self discipline is part of being a disciple/discipline the words go hand in hand. But what about power? We are told in Acts 1:8,”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses telling people about Me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth”, (we are in the “ends of the earth”, part.) So to me that means that as we have the Holy Spirit living in us He gives us the power to share the Gospel message. This is where things can get a little tricky. When I’m (we) have an open door to share the Good News of Jesus, its not going to be our own words that will do much. It will be the power of the Holy Spirit. As God opens the door for questions to be asked, my (our) job is to ask the Holy Spirit how does He want me(us) to minister to this individual? Does He want to give a word of wisdom? A word of knowledge? What about some healing? A miracle perhaps? In my(our) mind I (we) ask Him to show me (us) and quite often He does. My (our) part is to ask, His part is to show up!! Its not complicated. This will change you day!! Because you after you have done this is good faith there is a stirring in you spirit to do it again and again. I think for far too long we have been relying on our own power – which is zero – instead of relying on the power of the Holy Spirit. This is for the church of today not just 2000 years ago. The Holy Spirits power which operates in perfect love brings about results. May we not be afraid but step out in faith today. Jesus is coming back soon and there is work to be done!!

  2. Thank you Matthew for your most insightful comment & subtle challenge

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