Volume 34 Number 18


Spark? Read Hebrews 12

As the drought continues across Oklahoma, I believe the last count was 55 out of 77 counties are under a burn ban. Each day without water increases the risk of fire and it only takes the slightest spark to start an inferno. Each day our firefighters continue to be overworked because of negligence. While fire has many qualities, I would like to focus on two.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)

To understand this verse you need to read Hebrews 12, and discover its context. Here, fire is a means to test the quality of something. If you have built your foundation on the right thing, then not even fire can consume it. God is the ultimate test as a consuming fire. Of course, you may say, “How can I stand against God?” The answer lies in His Son, who took our sins, nailed them to the cross, then overcame the cross. While on my own, when tested with fire, I will always fail. However, when I stand with Christ my place is secured. I want to encourage you to let your life be tested with fire. Put your priorities, your attitude, your service, your heart and your praise up against God’s consuming fire and see if they stand. Negligence in this area can cause a lot of problems. I hope your life stands the test

Secondly, I want to look at a second aspect of fire, and that is how quickly it can spread. If you take to heart the idea of testing each area of your life to see if it has quality, then you will make a difference to everyone you come into contact with. When people see Christ working in your life, the fire you have for Him will quickly spread and you will effect your congregation and your school or work, which in turn will affect your community. With just the right spark the gospel will spread like fire on a dry and weary ground. Will you be the spark?

Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK    Wade McKnight, Southern Oaks Church of Christ, Chickasha, OK

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