Getting fired up!

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. — 2 Timothy 1:6

Last week’s lectionary passage is one that kind of sticks with me.  I love this image that Paul uses, just after talking about Timothy’s grandmother and mother and their faith example.  It’s the thought that Timothy has been given a spark of faith from the examples that he has seen in his own life of faith in action.

But that’s all that it is.  It’s just a spark.

Now, sparks can lead to fires.  But something has to happen to make that a reality. There has to be a dry spot to build it, fuel to burn, something to catch on fire when the spark hits and then we add in oxygen. It’s an essential in getting any fire going.

I don’t think that Paul uses this image of fire by accident.  The word for Spirit is pneuma (say it Noo-ma!) and it literally means air or breath.  When this spark of faith comes in contact with the breath, the air of God, something incredible is going to happen.  It’s going to be a fire that is all consuming and rages beyond our control.

The world is changed when Christians let that Spirit of God come in contact with their sparks of faith.  People’s lives are changed.  Justice comes to those in need. The poor are helped.  The homeless find advocates.  The widowed and the orphaned are loved and accepted.

When a spark of flame comes in contact with God’s breath, real transformation begins.

Are you burning for God? Are you on fire to do the mission of Christ?  If you don’t feel that, you need to check on two things.

First, how’s your spark? Are you in a place where you are coming in contact with believers? Are you placing yourself in places where you can come in contact with the sparks of faith?

Second, is the Holy Spirit breathing in you? Are you connected to a God of power, love and self-discipline?

The song says it only takes a spark to get a fire going, but it also takes the Spirit of God to get it blazing white hot. 

It’s time to turn up your heat. It’s time to get your fire going.


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