Our motivation should be Jesus. When you fall in love with Jesus, it becomes an addictive and we start to change to become more like Jesus. As believers, we know that making the right choices in life, at work, in your relationship, etc has never been easy because there is a price for following Christ and doing the right things.
The Holy Bible asked us to give but as humans we like to receive. There is always a struggle between right and wrong, light and darkness. And the odds against the righteous might seem overwhelming I.e. 450 to 1. Nevertheless, there is always a choice for us to choose, either between good and evil or Jehovah and Baal. The choice is only either one but never both as depicted in the scripture below.
1 Kings: 18. 22. Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, am left a prophet of Jehovah; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23. Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under.
Our Bible ask us to walk by faith and trust in Him. The understanding of the Word of God requires faith, while to have faith requires patience. When there is no conviction in a person’s faith, people tends to become quiet, passive and subdue to the world surrounding them. Because faith without conviction is dead. Similarly, faith without the Word of God is also dead.
1 Kings: 18. 24. And call ye on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of Jehovah; and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
From the above scriptures, fire is the representation of God’s presence and the will of God. When God lit a fire on the wood, the wood starts to change and the fire becomes hotter and vigorous. Be wise all children of God, chose God as your creator and your master of our lives. Let Him ignite the fire in your soul and turn it into a inferno.
We must refrain from becoming match stick Christian, who is only interested in lighting small match stick flames, which can easily be bloated by the smallest wind. For any believer who is double minded do not stand to gain anything.
1 Kings: 18. 26. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped about the altar which was made. 27. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud; for he is a god: either he is musing, or he is gone aside, or he is on a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth and must be awaked. 28. And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lances, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1 Kings: 18. 36. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the [evening] oblation, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, O Jehovah, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37. Hear me, O Jehovah, hear me, that this people may know that thou, Jehovah, art God, and [that] thou hast turned their heart back again. 38. Then the fire of Jehovah fell, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, Jehovah, he is God; Jehovah, he is God.
When Jesus is the center of our focus, He gives us balance and peace. Only God can answer our call us witness in the scripture above, where God asked Elijah to pour water on the alter twice and the fire of God came and consumed the alter. The only requirement we need is to be connected with God, acknowledge Him as our Abba Father and seek Him with all our. hearts.
Sometimes we give up easily as believers. But God is not only looking for people, but people who can move in the supernatural and do the impossible for Him. God is also looking for good vessels, who can be taught and receptive to the Word of God. Do not give up children of God, let God change our hearts!