“You’re on fire!”
Has anyone said that to you lately? I don’t mean literally on fire, but the figurative sense can also get others’ attention. “A man on fire moves with urgency,” the Pastor said.
I have been thinking about this since he gave that sermon, How to Live With Urgent Faith. I had to ask myself the tough question…am I on fire? Or am I smouldering coals or even lifeless ashes when it comes to what God has asked me to do?
I know most of us go through periods of all three conditions while we walk the journey of our calling, but I never want to be in the ashes period again. Smouldering coals are at least still alive and just need a puff of wind to flame again. But ashes are not acceptable.
How do we fan the flame?
First we have to know what our calling is – not a suggestion, a talent or an inclination – a calling that follows us around, relentlessly tapping us on the shoulder. We have heard God speak this thing into our lives and can’t ignore it without feeling empty.
Second, we stop listening to voices that turn us from that calling – even our own voice. When the roller-coaster of negativity leaves you dizzy with indecision about what you know you’re supposed to do…get off the roller-coaster – leave the conversation, stop conforming to practices that reinforce your doubts.
Then do the next thing.
Are you called to write? Then write without hesitation. Are you called to knit blankets for needy children? Then pick up the needles and start that project. Are you called to encourage? Get back at it today – send a card, post an uplifting Facebook message, be generous with hugs.
When a fire is left with no fuel, it dies.
What fuels your calling? Find out and then plug into the fuel to fan the flame.
What’s the greatest fuel of all? Fellowship, communication and communication with God and people who believe in you.
Seek Him and He will lead you to the others.
Fan the flame – no more ashes.