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So we named this term at HKC YOUTH “stay lit” and I thought I should do due diligence and google what the slang term actually means…

And urban dictionary told me the most popular Urban Dictionary definition of “lit” is, “The state of being so intoxicated (regardless of the intoxicating agent) that all the person can do is smile, so that they look lit up like a light.”

Part of me was like face palm, until I read that it also means that something is popping or going off… and even the whole state of being so intoxicated that all the person can do is smile doesn’t freak me or make me go dou because as Christians the bible says don’t be drunk with wine but filled with the Holy Spirit, we’re meant to encounter God in such a way that all we can do is smile, so that people can see our changed lives all over how we live.  We’re meant to be captivated and in awe of God so that it affects the way we live.

But this term when we say stay lit I want you to think of fire.  A Christian slang term is be on fire for God, stay on fire.  What that means is the state of being so wowed by God, so in love with God, so amazed with God, that all the person can do is live for Jesus and know God and make Him known.

Way back in the Old Testament, near the start of the Bible we read about how Moses built a place for people to encounter God called the Tabernacle. 

Let me give you a bit of backstory.  God raised up the people group of Israel and said these guys are my special people.  His great story of love and redemption can be seen through God’s relationship with firstly the people and nation of Israel all the way to Jesus and then all the way to us.

Anyway at one point the Israelites had to leave their land because of a great famine and they went and lived in Egypt.  After 70 years or so they became wealthy and successful and the pharaoh thought to himself this isn’t cool and made all the Israelites his slaves.

Fast forward a LONG time, like 430 years it was time for God to do something amazing.  And Moses was born.  Now the law was that all baby boys born to Israelite women had to be killed.  Like killed.  But Moses’ mother hid Moses and kept him safe until he was 3 months and well by then, as you can imagine it was impossible.   Long story short, she put him in a basket and set him afloat in the river where he was found by the pharaohs daughter and she loved him at first sight and adopted him.  Moses was raised in the palace but knew that there was something different about him.   Fast forward again and Moses has now run away from Egypt because he killed a man and is now a shepherd in the backside of the desert.   And then BOOM God speaks.  He has this amazing encounter with God that changes his life.

 

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”

God then says

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

You know – God sees you and cares about you too.  He knows our best days and our worst fears.  He sees you and loves you and is at work in your life to heal you, encourage you and give you peace.

8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3

 

Wow.  God has appeared to Moses in a burning bush and said Moses, its time to rescue the Israelites, this is the hero moment, I choose you!

Moses was like yeah baby lets do this – im the man, suit up, im ready….  He was like

11 “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

Now we know that Moses did end up going to confront Pharoah and lead the people out of Israel – we know the end of the story – but isn’t it encouraging to know that someone that is listed as one of the greatest leaders and a great bible hero had issues and insecurity and fears and doubts.  You might be thinking WHO ME about the plans and purposes God has for you.  YES YOU is what God says back.  Not because we are special, or because Moses is special, but because as we read on in verse 12 I WILL BE WITH YOU.

We can do anything because God is with us.  He is the one that empowers us and gives us the wisdom and power to do whatever it is that God calls us to do.

Anyway BIG fast forward now through to Exodus 36.  Moses has gone to meet with God on the top of Mt Sinai.  While there God gave him the ten commandments and the blueprints to create the Tabernacle, a little bit like a church in a way, for the people to come and worship God.

Moses came down from the mountain and the people built the tabernacle according to the instructions.  One of the items in the tabernacle was the altar where they burned the sacrifices… gory sounding I know.

The very first fire on that altar was lit directly by God.

“Fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown” (Leviticus 9:24).

Wow, imagine being there that day.  Everyone was there because it was the first day of the tabernacle being open and they were dedicating the priests and everything.  It was a great celebration.  Moses and Aaron, who was like the head of the priests, stood before everyone and prayed and blessed them and the BOOM fire from heaven came down and lit the altar fire.  Just like that!

The priests were then instructed to never let the fire go out

Leviticus 6:13 ►The fire shall ever be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.

It was to stay lit.

Our lives are like that altar.  In the New Testament I Corinthians 6:19 says,  “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…?”  My body is a tabernacle for God.

My life is a place of worship to God.  My life finds its purpose in being connected to God.

You need joy?  You need peace?  You need answers?  You need hope?  You need real love?  You’ll find it being connected to God.   Other things and other people will try to fill that gap but only God can fill it.

If you have given your life to Jesus and asked Him to be your Lord and Saviour then your life is an altar and God has started a fire in your life.

But just as it was the priests job, their responsibility to maintain that fire, to keep it going, to stay lit, it is our job to keep our fire going.

 

 

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