I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11 – ESV)
When I think about the “fire” terminology used in verses such as this, I am struck by the power given each and every Christian man, woman and child. For far too long, I simply skimmed past such sentiments, both as they were presented in Scripture and as they appeared in life. Now, wherever I look, I see the fire that God has given His people and I am in awe. While there are far too few who’ve embraced it, those who have bring such glory to God and peace to their lives that I want more than anything to just try to get there myself.
The Christ-centered life is such a powerful thing. It gives wing to every dream, life to every hope, peace through any storm and promise to every good vision of the future. What amazes me most, I think, is the celebration of individuality found here. Even this fire finds its expression in such vibrant, varied forms that I cannot help but be amazed.
Some take the fight to the enemy, boldly proclaiming truth on the battle fields of the raging culture war. Others carefully and patiently nurture children in growth or the sick through times of physical challenge. Still others live that life of Spirit and fire by simply praising God in a prison cell.
Truly our God is a lover of individuals – individuals that He has called to a great purpose in this dark and trying time. The housewife, professor, taxi driver, student…even the prisoner…all who have been chosen by Him have been brought to their present place as a part of His perfect plan.
If that doesn’t get your fire burning, nothing will.
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