A Week Of Rekindling The Fire

Last month when our teens girls Bible study met here at the house, we took them up to the burn pile for a bonfire. We had pans full of bratwurst and went back up to make s'mores. To teens, this apparently means putting a marshmallow on a stick and then setting it on fire. Some of them skipped the other ingredients and focused on the flaming marshmallows.

What was interesting, though, was watching them try to roast the bratwurst and the marshmallows. It wasn't an overly hot day, but the fire was burning incredibly high and fast. Even when it was down to coals, it was difficult stand within arm's length to heat their food. I had to laugh as they stretched and leaned and tried to find a way to cook their meal without scorching their eyebrows.

As we stood there watching the flames together, it was the perfect time to talk about the flames of hell.

The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast the. Into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42

This fiery opportunity to witness helped all of us see just a small picture of what hell will be like. The heat they were uncomfortable standing near here on earth would be infinitely worse and last for all eternity. The girls talked about people they knew who weren't saved, and now they could explain the eternity waiting for anyone who doesn't turn to the Lord as Savior. Not only did we get our bellies fed, we got our souls fed with a longing to see our loved ones in heaven with us.

Make this a week of rekindling the fire of your own witness. Share what God has done in your life. Show someone the Romans road and what eternity can be like. Stir up the fading embers of your testimony until they glow again. And then praise the Lord for letting you make a difference in someone's life in His name.


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