Recently, I was walking in our neighborhood after dark, as I was turning a corner I saw one of the houses decorated. The house had orange & red lights draped over 2 bushes & literally it looked like the bushes were on fire for a split second. I realized my heart, at that moment, thought- “Lord, I want to burn like Moses’ burning bush!” I was shocked at my own thought & began to ponder. Realizing that was a GREAT THOUGHT! Exodus 3:2-3 “the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
Can you imagine it with me? The Church, Christians- burning with the Zeal & Passion of God & yet being fully human & in the world, and the ones who do not know God- TURNING TO SEE THIS GREAT SIGHT!
The unbelievers, looking- wanting to know why are they/we burning?
Why are they/we human like me yet they are ON FIRE?
What would it take to get The American Church on fire?
For us to be consumed with loving God. For us to be consumed with The Living Word. For us to be filled up to overflowing with The tangible deep real love of God. For compassion to overtake judgment. For joy to overtake our grumpiness?
Verse 4 “So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush”. We all know this already- God responds to the inquisitive heart! He meets those who are captivated by His presence! He draws & woos the one interested in HIM! Can we stop & imagine the masses that would come to a saving knowledge of their savior Jesus Christ if we, the Church, would burn for Him!
I’m entering 2018 asking HIM TO SET A FIRE DOWN IN MY SOUL THAT I CAN’T CONTAIN OR CONTROL… and dreaming of a day when ALL of The Church will be burning shining lamps!!! (obviously, today I am just dreaming of my OWN heart being set a blaze!!)