When I was a little girl, my dad had quite a humorous encounter with fire. He was standing in front of the stove, with his back turned getting warm…all of a sudden his shirt was engulfed. He ran through the house, ripping it off before it burned him. Flames are contagious. We remember that to this day vividly because of how funny it was to see unwanted flame thrown off so quickly.
Do we want the fire of God in our lives? Do we linger near the stove of His Presence long enough to be engulfed?
I think as a default response we would say yes, we want the fire. We would rather be hot than cold, and definitely not lukewarm. Passion leaves evidence and is all-consuming. The flames will grow as long as there is something to burn. It is our responsibility to keep the “something” there, so that it will not go out.
When you see smoke rising, you look for the fire. Oftentimes, the fire has already died down, and it is just the remnants of ash left behind. Are we a pile of ash, still sending up some smoke of yesterday’s passion? Or are we blazing?
I remember when I was so hungry to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, and I was told that if I stay near the fire long enough, it will get on me. I gotta say, I stayed, and I lingered. I couldn’t leave Jerusalem without receiving the Promise of the Father. I had witnessed flames of passion for the Lord, and I wanted it. I had seen evidence of blazing fire, and I craved it. It wasn’t a mediocre religious ritual that drew me behind the veil, closer to the flame of His Presence. It was in seeing others consumed that stirred me to fan the flame for myself.
If you know Him, if He lives within you, stir up the flame He has given you. Let it consume you with passion for Him. Others may come near to get warm…and then become engulfed themselves.
Scripture to read:
2 Timothy 1:6
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Lord, You have placed Your fire within me. You began a consuming process in my heart, and I want it to continue. I want the ashes of who I was to be evidence to others of all that You can do. Engulf me, Lord. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.