Our hot water heater was not working properly and my talented husband was able to fix it on his own.
Suddenly, now that we have water this hot again, we realize this must have been slipping for quite some time. We really didn't notice, until the heat was gone. When things happen slowly, we tend not to notice as much.
Satan loves that, doesn't he? He doesn't have to get all loud, in our face, letting us know he is here and taking from us. He is sneaky and slips in through cracks, and he works slowly. We may not notice and before long our HEAT is gone...or our faith, our joy, our peace. He steals from us constantly, and we are unaware.
I just looked at the dates of my postings on this blog. This blog that I was so excited about, this blog where I could share my faith and where I felt God was calling me to write. And sure enough, it dropped off slowly, but eventually I was not writing, I was not using my love of writing to share my faith. I have not posted here since August 28th. I could blame work, filled moments, other ways I am involved in ministry, life....but I know in reality, I could find time to do this.
I blame my lack of alertness. And that is what we are instructed to do...be alert!
"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same sufferings." 1 Peter 5:8, 9
When we feel God at work in our lives we need to guard those things. We have an enemy who doesn't want us spreading light and salt, and he will slip in and subtly take from us. A pin hole leak into our spirituality can eventually empty us.
What about you? What is filling your time? What is keeping you from sharing your salt and light in this dark world?
The holidays are about to take over....we could easily get swallowed up in the hustle and bustle of the things that are not as spiritual. Let us all be alert and ready....let us enter into this season with alertness, ready to be thankful and full of praise and to remember that we are celebrating the Light that entered into this world, let's share that light, and let us season this world with His love.
May God bless my words as salt and light to you.