I’m just gonna peel back a layer and show a peek of a personal devotion time with my children the other night. I have to say, some of the most beautiful revelations the Lord allows me to glimpse come through conversations with them….
We were discussing the letter sent to the church in Laodicea. The convicting letter about how we actually make the Lord sick when we are lukewarm. Not hot. Not cold. In the middle…straddling the fence.
The conversation took a turn toward making sure we are hot. I shared a fond memory of my grandfather, of how he used to chop wood and add it to the heater in their living room. Something about it fascinated me! I loved watching him throw it in, seeing how the furnace responded to more kindling.
The heater did not participate in chopping the wood, nor did it have a hand in fetching it to be added to the fire. My grandfather took the responsibility to make sure and keep the fire burning.
It is true that we cannot baptize ourselves in the Holy Spirit and in fire. But once He has filled us with fire, passion and energy to do His will and fulfill His purpose, it is our responsibility to keep that fire burning. We must chop the wood, fetch it and feed the flames. We must read the Word, fast, pray and worship Him.
May we never deceive ourselves with flaming appearance, yet a lukewarm life. Let’s be real. Let’s be hot enough to draw the lost out of the cold, and passionate enough to cause the flames to spread.
Scripture to read:
2 Timothy 1:6
Father, consume me with Your fire. Help me to constantly, consistently add kindling. I never want the fire to go out, and I want it to burn more and more for You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.