On Fire By not For God

26 Feb

I was six years old when the movie The Ten Commandments came to theaters. Certain scenes anchored themselves in my heart and influenced me greatly. I had never been to church nor had ever heard the story, so each time God showed up I wanted to know more about him. Even today as I re-read the account in Exodus, I marvel over the burning bush.

Picture it. God introduced himself to Moses as a bush engulfed in the fire of his glory, not needing the bush as fuel for his fearsome, raging fire. In that encounter, God ignited a fire in Moses and made him into his commander-in-chief over a nation that wasn’t yet a nation. The change in Moses whenever he left the presence of God could be seen. It was as if the fire within caused his face to shine.

To help guide the nation toward knowing him as Moses knew him, God established his law, statutes and precepts. With a list of things to do, the people tried to be righteous in their own ways, and they missed it when Jesus came to them to fulfill all the prophecies concerning him.

In John 9:5 Jesus calls himself the light of the world. And in John 12:44-46 he says, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

James testifies of Jesus, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17 NKJV).

John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Like Moses, the apostles had God’s fire ignited in their hearts, and they passed in on to all who would believe.

Now, more than two thousand years later, do outsiders see God’s fire in Christians or the law? For that matter, what do Christians see in the church? Historically, the fire created the desire to know more and brought change. Miracles confirmed the word. And the instructions served as guidelines to lead toward a greater relationship and knowledge. Let us pray for the fire.

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