Recently, we had a smoke alarm continually go off in the middle of the night until I pulled it off the roof. There was a whole lot of noise but no fire or smoke anywhere. That’s like you and me at times, and even some churches – a whole lot of noise but no fire. We don’t need more noise. We need more fire.
Someone once asked John Wesley why so many people attended his rallies. He replied, ‘Cause I set myself on fire and people come and watch me burn.’ People are drawn to fire. Watch how many people come out to see a fire cause people are drawn to it (obviously, except where there is a bushfire).
In Matthew 3:11-12 John the Baptist compares himself to Jesus and he basically says, ‘Im the warm up for the main event. I have come with a baptism of repentance but Jesus will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.’
Fire in the natural purifies and refines, cleanses and purges and stimulates growth in the environment. Fires start when 3 elements come together = combustible material, an oxygen rich compound and a heat source. In the spiritual a baptism of fire happens when 3 elements come together = Jesus, an individual and the Holy Spirit.
The fire of God sets an individual apart. Jesus ministry separates the wheat from the chaff. Wheat represents believers baptised with fire and chaff represents unbelievers judged by fire. Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 3:13 that our works will be revealed and tested by fire. Whichever way you look at it, God uses fire to minister to us one way or the other.
In Acts 2:1-4 on the Day of Pentecost the early church was baptised in a Holy Ghost fire. The prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Gods word is like a burning fire shut up in my bones and I cannot hold it in.’
God hasn’t called you to be a false smoke alarm that makes a lot of noise but have no fire. Jesus is alive and wants to set you ablaze with passion and boldness for his glory and his call on your life. Position yourself in prayer by faith for the fire of the Holy Spirit to ignite you.