Author Calvin Miller wrote about an antique wooden dynamite box in his home. The box was made in the 19th century. It was carefully constructed to withstand shock as its explosive contents were transported from the manufacturer to its place of use.
On the lid were large red and black letters which said, “DANGER DYNAMITE!” But Miller wrote that the last time he saw it, it was filled with a bunch of junk in his workshop.
Like Calvin Miller’s antique dynamite box, Christians are built specifically to transport God’s power into the world. But, if we’re not careful, we will clutter our lives with so many other things that we will lose our power, passion, and enthusiasm. Our spiritual power will be nonexistent.
How do you maintain your enthusiasm for the Lord?
What image comes to mind when you think of enthusiasm? I think of cheerleaders, motivational speakers, or super salesmen. It is often something we try to conjure up in ourselves or others. Enthusiasm seems at times superficial like a mood we create to get us past the next challenge. For some, enthusiasm comes naturally. It’s part of their DNA.
How do you maintain your enthusiasm for the Lord? How do you keep your life from being filled up with clutter like the dynamite box? How does someone generate enough enthusiasm to build an ark the size of a football field like Noah, or slay a nine-foot tall giant like David?
I believe it’s a daily effort. Seek God throughout the day. Note His handiwork. Look for opportunities to learn from Him and serve Him. Strive to be obedient to His Word, the Bible. Humbly trust Him with all your heart. Be ready for divine appointments He may bring your way.
The U.S. Navy used to have a slogan: “It’s not a job. It’s an adventure.” Following Christ is an adventure. And adventures bring enthusiasm. Enjoy your journey with God. He lives in you.