Fuel for the Fire by Deon Crafford
Christ Jesus before the ages began,[b] 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.[c] 13 Follow the pattern of the sound[d] words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
Our faith needs to be on fire. If it is not then it has no potency to spread and cover the earth so that all may experience the relationship and Life that God holds out to mankind. As Christians we often discuss the need for revival, which may be compared to a spontaneous combustion of faith amongst believers that sets in them a renewed vigor for living out God’s Word. This vigor is often accompanied by great evangelistic efforts and often has time and geographic boundaries attached e.g. the Welsh revival or the Toronto blessing. And perhaps it is exactly this that curtails revival in the Christian – the notion that it shall be a major collective event, and that one may be lucky to be around or stumble upon such, when it actually occurs. It often leaves people wondering whether a geographic revival can be transferred from one place to another and all sorts of other contemplations on the outcome of a revival. Maybe if we keep dwelling on these things, we lose the meaning of revival – that spontaneous combustion of live faith and relationship in Christ. It is geographic yes, it happens right there where you are, or where you heart is.
Although fire in the Word is often used in the context of wrath, destruction and damnation, there is as with Paul’s writing to Timothy a very positive connotation to fire – because of its potency to devour and destroy what is sinful and meaningless, to bring light into darkness, and to spread and become uncontainable, as we have so clearly witnessed in the season of wildfires that has just gripped the coastal areas of the Cape. As we have all learnt, fire needs three things to come into being – fuel, heat and oxygen. For revival to occur we have to be on fire in faith and on fire for God. As we then ignite one another, the spreading of the fire will ignite others – even those who have grown cold or have always shut themselves out of a relationship with God. Fuel is what we bring to God. Are we presenting our lives or are we only prepared to offer some morsels to try and keep our faith alive and falsely think we’re pleasing God? Heat is what is generated from the fellowship of the saints – God’s people – when we encourage, teach and counsel and pray with each other towards greater faith. On our own we can never create enough heat for the fire – we need each other. Oxygen has got to be the Holy Spirit – present everywhere in abundance. We never have to doubt the presence of the Spirit – all that remains for us is to provide enough of our lives for fuel and to ensure ongoing fellowship with God’s people so that we will create heat.
Our world needs fire. It needs the consuming fire of the Lord to rage over it and bring purity to what is increasingly presenting with more decay and destruction. This fire will begin within each one that honestly seeks God and presents him or herself to be ignited. The oxygen of the Holy Spirit is ever-present. The question is whether I am.
Love to all