Are fast moving high altitude air currents over various parts of the earth. Passenger aircraft sometimes use them to decrease flight times and fuel usage.
Sometimes in the Christian life we feel as if we are being carried along by a spiritual jet stream. Our study of the Bible becomes more relevant and illuminating. Praying is easier and uplifting. Our Church attendance and fellowship times are blessed times.
God gives times of refreshing and reviving. When we have them we should utilise them to the full. We must avoid those things, which quench the Spirit and draw nearer to Christ.
Unfortunately many believers seem to be “flying ” against the jet stream. We drag our feet and Christianity is hard work. We are dead and lifeless or we maybe just jaded with it all.
We are apt to get lethargic. We must use every means to revive and maintain our spiritual vigour. We must above seek God’s Spirit to enliven us .The puritans used to say that a burning coal if taken out of the fire soon goes cold. So fellowship with lively fellow Christians is vital.
To serve Christ effectively we need His’ life enlivening our life.
However ,If the Christian life were all highs and mountain top experiences we would not be of much use to the people around us in the valleys and depressions of life.
Go home Amos
Amos 7:10-16Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. 11For this is what Amos is saying:
“ ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
and Israel will surely go into exile,
away from their native land.’ ”
12Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. 13Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
14Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say,
“ ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
and stop preaching against the descendants of Isaac.’
Amos is one of my favourite prophets. He was not a “born” prophet yet received a vision from God and headed to Israel, the northern kingdom. The local religionists represented by Amaziah priest of Bethel did not like what he said at all.
If he must preach, do it in his’ own backyard and do not sew trouble here.” Our religion is by Royal appointment and as good as the one in Jerusalem”.
Amos replies that although his’ origin and calling were humble and he was not trained as a prophet, ,”Who can but Prophesy” when called by God to do so.
We are not all ministers and preachers. We are not all schooled theologians and Bible scholars. Yet according to our gifts and abilities, even in small ways we may be called by God. What will we answer?
I am not interested in sport at all. Some who read this likely are.
Coming from the place he came from, the Apostle Paul was surrounded by the Graeco-roman love of Sport. Then as now sport and sportsmen were idolized. It was for the common people diversion from the drudgery of life.
No doubt athletic training was a common sight in Paul’s youth. He may even have participated in some sporting pastimes .
His’ writings abound in comparisons of the christian life and the athletes discipline.There is no doubt we need some of the discipline of the athlete in our christian living.
Sport is not wrong. But like all earthly things it can over leap its bounds and compete with our following Christ fully. Obsession with competition, physical fitness etc. need to be kept in their place in subordination to our commitment to Christ.
The real test is, what would we rather be doing, playing or praying?