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
I have a burning desire for her. There’s a real spark between us. He’s so hot. Words related to heat seem to perfectly describe the passion of relationships. What other concept can better relate the way two people feel when they are on fire for each other? Imagine a love so intense that everything seems to burn up in their flames for one another.
As good as these feelings are, they’re mainly superficial, dealing with the laws of attraction and chemistry. But what if there was intense fire in a relationship that was more than skin deep, that seared our very souls?
When we respond to grace, opening the doors for relationship, we find that God doesn’t walk in meekly. He arrives in full force, a fire so hot that it burns us to a crisp – it eats away our pains, ills, sin, and guilt. It carbonizes our old selves, and out of those ashes rises someone reinvented, someone sublime. From the heat of this perfect love, we discover this – we’ve become someone more lovely than we ever thought we could be.
Pray | Ask God to “burn you up” with a desire for him, or if you don’t feel a need for such passion, instead ask God to show you what it is he wants out of your relationship with him
Act | Develop a list of those things in you that you would like to change and spend time reflecting both on why you haven’t changed and how you might approach changes in these areas