I put the biscuits in the toaster oven so Brett could have biscuits and gravy with a couple of fried eggs for lunch. For myself I put some broccoli on the back burner to add to my pumpkin soup. The gravy warmed in another pan and I decided to wash a few dishes while everything baked and cooked away. I turned to the sink with my back to the toaster oven and stove while I rinsed the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. The smell of smoke tickled my nose, I turned around and the first thing I saw was smoke! In the next instant I realized that what I saw was steam from the kettle of broccoli and the fire I smelled was just a few toast crumbs on the bottom of the toaster oven. I turned back to washing the dishes and realized what I would write about later today. An interesting coincidence since I had just been thinking about the difference between living a life that’s on fire for God and one that isn’t.
Is my Christian life actually on fire for God or is it just steam? At first glance steam looks like smoke from a fire, but it’s actually created by water that is capable of putting out a fire. I’m sitting in front of a fire right now as I write this. Brett has already added wood to the fire several times. The new wood quickly catches the flame and burns into red-hot coals. I become on fire for God by spending time in His presence. If I’m not in the presence of His flame I will not be on fire for Him. Wood will not burn unless it is in the presence of fire. If I want to be on fire for God I need to be constantly in His presence.