So many Christians have a desire to be on fire for God. Often you’ll hear some of them saying that they want to be like Elijah or David. They want to do great exploits for the kingdom of God. It is great to have that desire. It is godly. But very few of us accomplish that.
The truth is while most of us want to know God, we allow other things to take center stage in our lives. We are not so keen on knowing Jesus on a deeper level than we already do. We skim through the Bible and spend little time in prayer and yet expect to be like Elijah. Yes, we have other things to do, like going to school and doing chores, but those things should not hinder us from spending time with the Lord and focusing on Jesus.
Honestly, finding balance in life and ensuring that everything is in its proper place is hard. This is more so when you have to prepare for exams, engage in different church activities, and do what your parents want. It can be overwhelming, right?
David was a king, and that means he had a hectic schedule. But he found time to spend with God and focused on him, and that is why he was a man after God’s own heart. He did not let his position in Israel influence his relationship with God. Instead, David ensured that his relationship with God influenced his position as a king. Not that he did not make any mistakes, he did but quickly turned back to God.
The same should be true about us if we want to be on fire for God. Other things should not take up the place of God. Know that as a youth, you have all the time in the world to work on your relationship with God and become a great instrument in his kingdom. Yes, you have responsibilities, but they do not take much of your time now as they will in the future. This is the right time for you to deepen your relationship with God.
Focus on Jesus and allow him to be your all-in-all. Do not just focus on your family and friends. Don’t misunderstand. It is good to love them, but Jesus should be the first in your life. It is only by focusing on Him that you’ll be able to ignite a flame for Christ not just in your life but also in society.
Find out the things that have been coming between you and Jesus, and then eliminate them if you can. Or give them their rightful position. Practice putting Jesus first in everything that you do. Focus on him even as you go about your studies and other activities at school and home. Let him be your first priority in all that you do. Surrender every idol in your heart to God and ask Jesus to help you focus on him alone.