Fresh Hope – 9th March 2018

A box of matches has no use until one match is taken out and ignited on the rough edge.

Its power and potential is not in its size, but in its usefulness outside of its box.

The box represents its safety, but it wasn’t made for safety; it was made to be the starter of a fire, giving heat, or igniting a candle, giving light.

The rough edge of the box is what ignites it into action.

All that matches do inside their safe environment is rattle around. They make a little noise, but are unable to achieve what they were created for.

In just the same way, if you don’t live outside of your box, you’ll just rattle around, make little noise but never live to your potential.

Often it takes a rough challenge to ignite you into action.

If the truth be known, we often reject any form of pain, criticism or hardship as an unnecessary evil in our lives. We want everything to be nice, easy and self gratifying, if not we dismiss it out of hand.

Simply put: we rarely grow through the ease of living in the safety of our little box, but we always grow when taken out of our comfort zone and ‘roughed up’ a little.

That trial that you are facing right now could well be the very thing that you need to spark you into action.

Losing a job can be painful, but maybe it’s happened to kick start your dream into action.

Losing a friendship that you thought was going to last forever may be an unexpected shock, but it may be just the thing you need to get you to embrace other friendships at a higher level.

When three godly young men were thrown into the fiery furnace in the Old Testament because of their faith, the last thing they thought would happen, happened. The king and the whole city was ordered to worship God because of these guys going through and yet surviving the fire. Don’t ever think that God cannot be found in the fire…He’s right in the middle of it with you today.

Get a hold of this Bible passage …

1 Peter 4:12-19 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, ‘If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Feeling that life is treating unfairly today? Maybe God is just using a little sandpaper to ignite you into action.

What would you rather be? A cosy Christian who is making no impact, or a Christian that’s experienced a little discomfort that’s on fire for God?

Pastor Mark

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