Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The nature of fire

I was thinking about the nature of fire the other day.  It's an amazing process of converting something we can see and hold into something we can feel.  A fire needs lots of air.  If you've ever been near a wood-burning stove you have probably felt the draft needed for combustion being drawn into the firebox.  The fire is useful when you combine a cold day with a tight stove and a chimney that is clean and open.  Once the fire starts it just keeps going as long as you keep the supply of wood coming.  When we come to Christ, a fire is lit in our life.  That flame tends to thrive in a cold world and a draft of the Holy Spirit will draw in and through us and out to the world outside.  A very warm spot is formed through our lives that naturally attracts those near who are a distance from the fire.  As the "smoke" of the spirit winds through your neighborhood others know of the presence of the fire.  Our job is keep the chimney clear and keep the firebox fueled with seasoned wood.
Leviticus 6:12 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. 
Rob Smith

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