The Church, like a burning bush in the desert of this world, was chosen by God to attract those who wanted to live more than just a routine convenient life. He intended for the church to always be on fire, to never die out or burn out – that is to be a passionate atmosphere where lives are convicted by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
It was fire that God chose as a symbol to signify the start of the Old Testament Church. Although brittle and dry, He chose an unattractive thorn-bush to reveal Himself by fire.
Exodus 3:1-2 [NKJV] “One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.”
Even so God used the symbol of fire to signify the start of the New Testament church. This time the fire was closer, sat on them and was CARRIED BY THEM. It is He who chooses us, and it is His fire we carry.
Acts 2:1-4 [NKJV] “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.”
God chooses to reveal himself in the humblest of places; like the old dry brittle thorn-bush having nothing naturally attractive, God chose the church, not impressive or attractive to the world to reveal Himself. To be an instrument through which He speaks, to attract people’s attention and cause them to turn from their routine lives and bring a sense of conviction and fear of God.
I encourage you to reflect this week and ask the question: “What kind of a person (Christian) or Church am I? Dry, brittle, burnt out, a heap of ashes or on fire for God?” God is here to rekindle and re-light the fire in your heart and life. The fire of God burning on the altar of your heart is not to be put out or let go out. It is never to die out, but be ever burning.