Dec 28 2013
Spend 10 minutes outside in 10-degree weather with 10 people. Then walk inside. If there’s a fire in the fireplace, you’ll see pretty much all 10 people congregate around the fire.
Most of us human beings want our bodies to be warm. We pay big bucks for warm coats, warm cars (with heated seats!), and warm homes.
What if our desire for physical warmth is just a symbol of our internal desire for soul warmth?
Maybe who we want to be and who we want to be with are people with hearts on fire.
God led the Israelites out of Egypt with fire.
He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.
God himself is fire.
…the Lord your God is a consuming fire…
After Jesus walked with the two men on the way to Emmaus, the men later exclaim…
Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?
We’re attracted to fire.
We’re mesmerized by it when wood burns.
We call beautiful people hot.
Do you wonder why you’re not attracted to anyone in your life right now – either with friendship or romantically? (And, romantically, you might be in a relationship with someone you don’t like too much). It might be because the people you’re around aren’t warm in their hearts.
People always wonder how average-looking dudes end up with beautiful women. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes it’s because the dudes have hearts on fire – filled with kindness and love and joy.
Find people with hearts on fire. Be friends with them. Spend time with them. Their warmth will probably transfer to you.
Be someone with a heart on fire. Make other people better. Transfer yourself to them.
How? It might sound hokey, but somehow, I believe John the Baptist when he talked about Jesus and said…
…after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
God is fire and he puts that inside us.
Oh, to burn for real with hearts on fire!