Do we want the fire? Or just its light and warmth?

I believe that in each of us is a flame, or at least there can be.  That flame is our love and passion for Christ.  Its heat provides energy and motivation.  Its light provides wisdom and guidance.

I know this is a metaphor, but some metaphors are so appropriate they are very nearly accurate.  We may ask ourselves: Is there a such fire in me?  Do I want such fire?  Or do I simply want to enjoy its light and warmth?

We like the light…

Like a torch, God’s truth lights our way.  We attend a church and benefit from the illumination that comes from corporate worship and the preaching of God’s Word.  We may even be a part of a Bible study or small group so we can learn more and gain helpful insight for living.

We enjoy the warmth…

Like a cozy campfire, there’s nothing quite like the love and fellowship we experience as we spend time with other Christians.  We naturally crave acceptance and caring, and the church provides that (or it should).

But are we ready to glow?

It one thing to be near a fire; it’s something else altogether to be on fire.

I think it’s fair to say that, to continue with this metaphor, we are at our best for and nearest to Christ when we are on fire with His Spirit, fully surrendered to Him, and living in such a way and with such an attitude that stokes, not squelches, our internal flame.

John Wesley said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”  I like that.

Jeremiah 20:9
…His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

We all need to ask ourselves: “Am I myself burning hotly and brightly for Jesus, or have I settled into only enjoying the light and warmth of the flame that burns in others?”

In what ways do you keep your spiritual fire stoked?

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