If you are a basketball fan, then you probably saw Game 1 of the NBA Finals and the crazy ending to the game. Instead of taking another shot, the Cavaliers dribbled the ball to run the clock out even though the score was tied. As I thought about that play, I felt like God was saying that He is looking for those that are not content to just dribble and run the clock out, but he wants us to take another shot and give it all we’ve got!
I believe it’s important as believers in Christ to feed the fire daily. When you are building a fire, if you delay in giving the fire fuel to burn, then ultimately it will die. Physically, you need the following three things to build a fire: Heat, Fuel, and Oxygen. I believe spiritually this is a picture of the Trinity as the Father would be the Heat, the Son would be the fuel, and the Holy Spirit would be the oxygen and we need all three in order to feed the fire spiritually in our lives.
I read of a Pastor that went to visit a faithful member of his church that had not attended the last three weeks, and he found the member sitting in a chair by the fireplace, and they were not really saying much to each other. Finally, the Pastor reached into the fire and got a hot coal and placed it in front of the fireplace. After a few seconds, it became a red ember, and finally it was cold and emitting no heat. The member looked at the Pastor and told him he would be in church next Sunday. In other words, when we are not with others who are on fire for the Lord, we have a tendency to grow cold.
Let’s look at three things we can do to feed the fire of God in our lives. First of all, we can be a fervent servant. Hebrews 10:24 tells us to spur on one another to good works, and that is what we all should be doing. 2 Kings 7 tells us about four lepers that were going to die, so they ran into the enemies camp, but when they got there they found the enemy had miraculously left everything and ran away, so they started gathering up all they could. Finally one of them said that it was not right what they were doing, and that they should share the good news so they did. They were blessed and then became a blessing to those around them, looking for ways to serve them. Remember we serve God by serving others. One of my favorite quotes says it’s amazing what we can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit. It’s time to be a fervent (passionate) servant.
Next, I believe we have to avoid strange fire. In Leviticus 10:1-3 we read of Aaron’s two sons that added incense to the altar and offered strange fire to the Lord and the Lord consumed them with fire from the altar. It was a command from God to never let the fire go out, and there were certain rules that had to be followed and they didn’t follow them. I wonder if I am mixing worldly things with my Worship to God and offering up strange fire? What happened to honor, respect, and reverence for God and for his House of Worship. Three times in five verses in Leviticus Chapter 6 he tells them the fire must burn continually and I believe that should be true in our own lives. I invite you to pray and ask God to purge and burn up anything that would be considered strange fire in your offering and Worship to God.
Finally, in order to feed the fire we have to read the Word, pray, gather with other believers, and serve others, but one of the most important things we can do is rest in the Lord. Statistics show over 1,500 ministers leave their ministry each month due to burnout! Acts 13:52 shows that the early church would be filled with joy and the Holy Spirit continually. That is the key to feeding the fire is making sure we are not a bonfire that burns out quickly but a steady fire that we feed daily and we make time to rest in his presence. For the full message visit Botkinburg Foursquare on Facebook. God bless!
Rocky Thomas is Senior Pastor, Botkinburg Foursquare Church