I remember the morning we had to get a jump starter because our car battery was low. Our then 3-year-old son (Jeremiah) had gotten into the habit of switching the back-seat light on. He thought it was fun, but this time we did not notice it. The light he left on was quite dim, but it was that very light that drained our car battery after a few hours.
Friends, I am reminded that sometimes it isn’t the big obvious sin that drain or stunt our spiritual growth. Most Christians will often avoid these forms of sin. Rather, it is the little lies, the little harbouring of unforgiveness in our hearts, the jealousy and sweet gossiping, the few days we go without prayer, corporate worshipping, and spending time in God’s Word (etc.) that eventually drain our spiritual life and growth. It may seem little or excusable to start off with, but given time, you will sense a coldness in your faith.
Regarding this, Paul encouraged the church by saying, “Do not quench the Spirit” 1 Thessalonians 5:19; and again, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain” 1 Corinthians 15:58.
Let’s keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in us.