Did you ever sit around a campfire, mesmerized by the sight of it continuously burning? While viewing such a sight, I was reminded of our relationship with the Lord.
I imagined God being the spark that comes when you first start the fire, and then grows into a big, flowing fire, if you do the “right” things.
In order for a fire to exist, you must first consciously decide to start it, and then get the proper materials. So it is with our relationship with God. We must first come to that point when we are ready to fan into existence our commitment to the Lord. We must prepare ourselves by repenting and seeking Him with our hearts.
In order to get, and keep the first burning brightly, YOU must continually ACT, by adding more logs. How you do this determines how brightly the fire burns. The same principles work to show how brightly the Lord shines through in your life.
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If you use a good, long burning log, the spark will turn into a great, hot flame. If you use a sappy log, the fire will not burn; only smolder and smoke. Soon, it will even die out.
The choices are parallel in our relationship with God. If we read and study His word daily, and seek His presence in our lives (good wood), our fire will burn brightly. If we choose to be too busy for the Lord and don’t seek Him daily (bad wood), our fire will soon die out.
Be honest—think about how brightly your fire is burning. Can other people see a continuously blazing fire shining for the Lord?
I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! –Luke 12:49
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. –Hebrews 12:28-29
Consuming Fire is also a name of a song by Third Day that they recorded originally back in 1996! Here is a link so you can take a listen and be blessed.