Let It Burn
If you ever lifted weights to gain muscle mass, you know that you need to fight past the burn. When your muscles begin to burn that is an indicator that you are pushing through your threshold where growth can take root. In contrast, if we stop lifting the weight when we feel the burn, in all actuality, we are hindering the growth process that could potentially be taking place within us. The same goes with our spiritual life. Often, God puts us in a situation where our flesh has to burn, but if we act out or become defensive we will never reach the full potential that God has in store for us (Jeremiah 29:11). Needless to say, I have learned this lesson the hard way. My wife, who is also my best friend, will often “politely” bring to my attention an area that is hindering my growth. But because of my past conditionings, I would often get so defensive and lash out at her, leaving her bewildered. But thank God for the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truths (John 16:13). Not only does He reveal to us our shortcomings, He also convicts us in order to get our attention.
When we feel that uneasiness brewing inside us, we can do one of two things. We can ignore it and miss out on potential growth. Or we can surrender in complete obedience to His wisdom (Matt. 16:24-25). Life is about growth and everyday we wake up we should be excited to hit our “Spiritual Gym” for the more we work on our inner man the stronger our inner man becomes (Jude 20). Stop letting pride and past failures and past circumstances rob you of your blessings like I have let it rob me in the past. Surrender to Gods chastening because he resist the proud and gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). So the next time a co-worker gets on your last nerve, or your children or spouse test your patience, just remember that when you feel that urge to retaliate, the best thing to do is to let it burn. God will honor your faithfulness but first we must honor Him (1 Samuel 2:30).