The term “flash in a pan” derives from the time of Flintlock muskets. Flintlock muskets used to have small pans to hold charges of gunpowder. An attempt to fire the musket in which the gunpowder flared up without a bullet being fired was a “flash in the pan.” The phrase continued during the time of the Californian Gold Rush of the mid 19th Century, when prospectors who panned for gold supposedly became excited when they saw something glint in the pan, only to have their hopes dashed when it proved not to be gold but a mere ‘flash in the pan’.
I fear that some Christians are nothing more that a “flash in the pan.” They appear to be “christian” but upon further investigation they are no more Christian than a gunpowder flare with no bullet. This is not said to be negative but an encouragement for all Christians to take a deep internal look at themselves. Christianity is all about self-reflection and looking unto Jesus for life eternal. Is everyone going to be at the same point in their spiritual lives? No. Is everyone going to have the same knowledge of the word of God? No. Is anyone ever going to be perfect? No. Jesus is not looking for perfection but for a person who has been purified by Jesus, a person for His own possession, Zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:14, 15).
We can do one of three things in our Christian lives. One being correct the other two not being correct. We can try to rely completely on the grace of God to save us without us doing a thing for it or to remain in His grace. Second, we can think that it is all about us and our “works” and fail to rely upon the grace of God to save us. Finally, we can allow God to save us through His grace by our Faith (Ephesians 2:8). What does that look like? It looks like Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Because of the grace of God and our faith and trust in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, we do the works that God has given us to do in Him before the beginning of time (Ephesians 2:10).
We cannot have faith without works or our faith is dead (James 2:26) and we also cannot have works without faith (Romans 14:23). These are not works that we come up with but ones God has come up with. The proper faith will allow a person to do the commands of Christ, for Jesus himself said that you cannot claim to love Him and not do His commands (John 13:35). If we do not have the proper faith working alongside God’s grace which allows us to no longer live for our fleshly desires but allows Jesus to live through us; then we are nothing more than a “flash in the pan,” which is just as worthless as a flash of gunpowder with no bullet or a mere “flash” of something shiny but not being gold.
Jesus wants our hearts and our dedicated lives to Him. Let’s stop living for self and begin to live for Jesus! Think on these things.