9th April 2018

A Consuming Passion! 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)

Nearly 3 years ago we moved to a small village a few miles north of Leeds in Yorkshire. We live in a small cul de sac with only a few houses. We have always been very fortunate in having good neighbours where ever we have lived and once again we have been blessed with nice neighbours.

The village is surrounded with green fields, and apart from a busy main road running through it, is a good place to live. To our surprise both our neighbours have turned out to be the owners of two horses. One keeps them in a field and stables a few miles away, the other owns some land behind the houses and has built a stable in their field.

What strikes me most about both ladies, since both have husbands who don’t seem to get involved, is just how hard they work to look after and exercise their horses. They are up early to go and let them out of their stables, presumably give them breakfast and in the course of the day muck out the stable and exercise both horses. Then in the evening they are back down with the horses to settle them down for the night.

In the case of one neighbour she also works and looks after her husband and two young children. But it’s a heavy workload for both ladies and they do it seven days a week and fifty two weeks a year, without complaint. They both love their horses. They have chosen to cope with all the work involved and organise their lives because they have a passion for horses.

What an interesting lesson for us. Do we put God first in our lives with the same commitment and dedication? Do we put God first when we get up in the morning? Are we thinking about him through the day? Do we enjoy doing regular Bible study to muck out our minds, removing the rubbish this world bombards us with daily? Is our last thought at night about God and how we have served him through the day?

Can we say we have a consuming passion for God which is visible to our neighbours? Not by preaching to them or at them, but by the way we live, by our attitude to life, by always having a friendly and encouraging word. Maybe not, as we are a work in progress, but let’s not be afraid to learn from our neighbours when we see passion in action.

Loving Father, help us to value our relationship with you and guide us in finding ways to express it in our daily lives. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick


About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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