Do you remember the way we were when we first got saved? How interested we were in the Bible and all the questions we had because of all the reading and sermons we heard. Remember how often we prayed? It seems like we talked with God all the time. Remember how tired people got because of how often we talked about Christ? They would warn us, not to talk about Christ, before we could even open our mouths. What happen to all that fire?
Mary Magdalene, a woman who had seven demons (Luke 7:36-39; 8:1-3) was completely healed by Christ. Christ healed her out of the love of His heart. He did not criticize her, ignore her (like some many people did) and He had no problem being identified with her. Christ compassionate, restoring love so overwhelmed Mary she refused to leave the tomb after His death (Luke 23:55). He became her everything and her every reason for living. She never lost the fire and her life became of complete service for Christ (John 20:1-18).
Christ actually tells us why this is so. In Luke 7:40-50 Christ explains that the person who feels most indebted to Him is the person who would forever love Him very much. “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” The strange thing is our righteousness (before we got saved) is as filthy rages (Isaiah 54:6). It is just as sinful as Mary’s sins; “..for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..” (Rom 3:23-24) Mary just has a more vivid display of sin in her life than some other people do. She could actually claim an excuse. She had seven demons. This is something that took place outside of her control. Jesus out of His gracious love rescued Mary and He became her everything.
What keeps our fire burning is to never forget Christ grace. When a person comes to grips with grace by never forgetting the dept of God’s love, vividly displayed on Calvary, there is no way they could lose the fire (2 Corinthians 8:1-7). If we come for the “goodies” when Christ has instructed us not to love the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17), we could lose the fire. When we come like Mary to a love so amazing, a love we need everyday, there is no way the fire could ever become lost. This is how Paul puts it; “For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, ……. No, I worked harder than all of them………” (1 Corinthians 15:9-11; NIV)
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