Boredom: A state or condition of being bored. What causes this? We’re told that if we are only using part of our gifts, talents, abilities, we will be bored. For example, if we are only 50% engaged, we will be 50% bored. How does this work for those who claim Jesus, as Savior and Lord? The “bottom line” is that going through the motions, without heart and complete dedication, we’ll likely be bored. Only as we give ourselves whole-heartedly to knowing (not just knowing about) Him, will we enjoy the excitement that permeates those who are fully engaged. How is it that we can get more excited about many lesser things than we do about the things of God? Those early Christians were typically, completely involved. Their fervor was contagious and ignited the spread of the Gospel message. They lived in the reality of the Resurrection Life within their own beings. They were in love with Jesus and loved each other. They were hungry for God! An anemic, intellectual knowledge of the Truth won’t “cut it.” While that may be a start, only a personal relationship with Jesus will move us out of our spiritual stupor. Being with Him, listening to Him, learning from Him, loving Him, obeying Him, honoring Him, enjoying Him; these are the things to set our hearts on fire! James said it very simply, but profoundly, in James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” The disciples that Jesus accompanied on the road to Emmaus, later remarked, in Luke 24:32, “Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures.” In “Breathe on Me. Breath of God,” Edwin Hatch offers what should be our prayer, “Breathe on me, breath of God, till I am wholly Thine, until this earthly part of me glows with Thy fire divine.” Selah! If we will be serious with God, we’ll not be bored or lukewarm!   Ron

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