1 Tim. 1:6
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you . . .”
There were a couple of times that I actually
listened in my high school classes. On one of those days we discussed the
meaning of entropy (the second law of thermodynamics). The principle is
that, within closed systems, the natural progression is from order to
disorder. In other words, without intervention things naturally tend to
fall apart, break down, wear out, get less efficient, go from good to bad to
worse. Energy tends to dissipate. That is why batteries lose their
charge and your hot cup of coffee cools off. It is also why your
beautiful new car will eventually become a pile of rust and grease.
What is true in the natural world can be true of spiritual things as well. If we are not careful our zeal for Christ will become nothing more than a warm spot in the work week. Our hunger to know God’s Word will become nothing more than a Bible thrown into the back seat of the car that travels around with us unopened. But listen friend, batteries can be recharged and coffee can be warmed up. We don’t have to let our vehicle deteriorate – it can be maintained and repaired. So regarding your walk with Jesus I say to you what Paul said to Timothy, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you” (1 Tim. 4:14). And even beyond that consider this: your life is not a closed system; the Spirit of God comes into your life to empower and inspire you, the Word of God comes into your life to enlighten and instruct you, and the call of Christ comes into your life to direct you and to give you purpose. Entropy is the way of all natural things. But the Christian life is supernatural! We need to live it that way.
Pastor Keith Andrews