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On Fire

Last night, I was challenged with a question about my faith.  The question went something like this:  What does it take to live our lives fully on fire for God?  What does that look like?  I’m not 100% on where the question was coming from, but it left me to ponder my own walk and my typical desire to find a formula for everything.  After all, I’m an engineer!

When I briefly searched the Bible this morning, I could find very few references to our passion for following God and the term fire.  Most of the fire references talk about God’s wrath towards people who stray from Him.  There are also a few references proclaiming that God is a consuming fire.

So maybe the question should have been “What does it look like when we are living our lives fully passionate for God?”  Or simply, “What does it really look like to be a fully devoted follower of Christ?”

I can name a few things that seem to make sense like reading the Bible, serving others, going to church, tithing, and sharing my faith, but it seems like I’m trying to follow a formula.

I shared with my friends that I don’t feel like the intensity of my fire for God is constant.  There are times when it burns brightly and more intense, and there are times when it appears to be a small candle.  I feel like life circumstances can sometimes diminish our flames as we struggle to find hope for the day ahead.  On the other hand, there are clearly times when I feel a burning passion and connection with God.

What this leads me to believe is that our faith cannot simply be about our feelings.  Our feelings and passions will go up and down.  We’re like that.  We need to be doing the necessary things to feed our minds, so that when our feelings leave us in the dumps we will still know that God is God.

And so, I’m still pondering these questions from last night.  Thank you for letting me wrestle and stretch out loud.

What do you think?  What do you do with these questions?

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December 15, 2011 - Posted by | fire, life, passion, questions, stretch, thoughts

8 Comments »

  1. Ah, that’s a tough one. Part of me wants to ask “Who are they to judge me?” and then forget about it. But another part of me realizes that God probably is desireing me to examine my life due to those questions, no matter how defensicve I might get. So, most of the time, I take a look at my life and see what I can improve.

    By the way, the fire image works in the RSS feed on Google Reader, but isn’t showing up on your site. Says hotlinks aren’t allowed. Thought you’d like to know…

    Comment by Jeff Randleman | December 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Jeff, Thanks for the thoughts and the heads-up on the link. I just changed it.

      Comment by jonstolpe | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “do not quench the Spirit.” The verse before it is about following God’s will…being joyful always, praying continually, and giving thanks in every circumstance. I wonder if these things are linked. When we don’t do God’s will, be joyful always etc. we quench the Spirit and His fire. Thankfully God is never done with us and we have His grace!

    Comment by robshep | December 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Amen to that! In that case, I know I could do a much better job of “being joyful always”. Thanks for the verse!

      Comment by jonstolpe | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thought-provoking post, Jon!

    When the Lord speaks to the church at Ephesus (Rev 2:1-7), He commends them for different great qualities and accomplishments which are generally considered as signs of fully-devoted followers of Christ. Still He found one basic thing missing in them – “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first” (v.4 NIV).

    Jon, I believe the answer is pointing toward one’s love-walk with Jesus.

    Comment by Joe Abraham | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Great perspective and thought, Joe. Thank you!

      Comment by jonstolpe | December 16, 2011 | Reply

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