It’s a cold night. Not bitter but definitely jacket weather. The stars sparkle in the night sky like a jeweler’s display of diamonds on black velvet.
In the foreground is a fire, like a campfire- no, bigger, but not big enough to be called a bonfire The flames leap up to about shoulder height. The heat given off by the fire feels good. Several logs glow red at the base.
A good fire on a cold night should draw people into its warmth. That’s My heart and purpose for you. Your life should be drawing people in like that warm, inviting fire. People need the warmth, the light it offers.
Sometimes I think there might be some attractiveness to the Christ-in-me that draws others. Sometimes I don’t sense it at all.
Your responsibility is to keep feeding the fire. Seeking My presence. Listening for My voice. Feeding your soul on My word. Reaching out in friendship and fellowship. Interceding for needs. The basic disciplines, done in faith, will always stoke the fire of My love that attracts hungry hearts.
The strategic part, the part you can be most intentional about, is the part done in secret. The outreach is more spontaneous, almost serendipity, but when your heart’s prepared and glowing, you’ll be ready to respond to My promptings in the context of interpersonal encounter.
The best ministry comes out of overflow. You spill what you’re full of. You reflect what you gaze at. The Secret Place is the womb of power and life.
The enemy of your soul will tell you that time in the Secret Place is laziness, unproductive, selfish. Those are lies-shut him down! The Secret Place, the place of intimacy with Me is the place where your fire gets stoked.
Come on, Jesus, light my fire..
Come on Jesus, light my fire…
I wanna set my world on fire!
[Apologies to The Doors]