“I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” - John Wesley
Have you ever put your finger in the tiny flame of a candle and expected to come away gently warmed? Try it! You will discover that, however pretty the shape, you can’t “turn down” fire. Fire is fire. Fire burns flesh. It consumes whether you like it or not. The Holy Spirit and fire through the born-again believer (Luke 3:16) is hot at a temperature that will always burn with a compassion for the lost, burn with a zeal for the reward of the cross, burn with a jealousy for the glory of His name and burn with a tenacity and love that will offend the flesh, dead religion and the lukewarm carnality of a people fat on other gods.
Saints, without Jesus we can do nothing of eternal value (John 15:5). The world recognises people after the flesh, achievements, possessions, business cards – in heaven we are known by the candle of our spirit. Jesus called His cousin a “burning and shining lamp.” Let’s cry out for a fresh outpouring of the fire of the Holy Ghost to possess our lives, whatever the cost.
So, then the world and sometimes the church throws the proverbial bucket of cold water our way? Then Hallelujah! G.K.Chesterton said this: “Jesus promised His disciples three things. That they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.” Burn with His zeal anyway, lay your life down on the altar again. Fire falls on dead offerings. We do well to set the world on fire or go to glory early. We are called for such a time as this – to turn the world upside down.