This is the long awaited Part 2, LOL. I thought I’d do a play on words in the title.
Romans 12:11-12 says, “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder...”
So, what are we expectant about?
The last sentence of the verse gives us a hint. It says, “Don’t quit in hard times, pray all the harder”. We are expectant that whatever we are believing for, God is working on it. We are expectant that God is mighty and awesome and wants to be good to us do anything can happen.
Jesus had this sort of cheerful expectation. One day when speaking to His disciples He made sure to tell them that His Father was always working and He is always working too (see John 5:17). Not sometimes, not on most days, not before lunch, not Mondays -Fridays between 9am to 5pm- always. The Bible tells us that He never sleeps (see Psalm 121:4). So, even when we sleep, He is still working.
We are expectant that the promises we find in God’s word apply to us too and we can possess them. We trust that God is directing our steps through the Red Seas of life so we can possess the promised land. We have a joyful expectation that we will get there. We may have to fight, it may not be easy, we may even cry but we will surely possess our promised land.
That is why it is important to stay fueled and aflame. You cannot fight when you are running on empty. Our verse warns us not to burn out. That means knowing when to say yes and letting your yes be yes and also knowing when to say no. It is discerning when to work and when to rest so you don’t enter the realm of striving.
We need to take care of ourselves, spirit soul and body. You can have a healthy spirit but if your body is unhealthy you cannot do much. You can have a fit #summergoals #summerbody but if your spirit is weak, you are also ineffective. You can have a healthy spirit and body but if you neglect your soul you will find yourself out of balance too.
Keeping ourselves fueled and aflame means we take care of our whole being whilst maintaining our relationship with God. It is stewarding our lives well so we can get the most out of life and so we can enjoy our promised land when we possess it.
So, don’t quit in hard times, don’t burn out, keep yourself fueled and aflame and wait in joyful expectation for the things that God is going to unfold in your life.
Have a blessed week!