(The photo above is my own - I took it last year and called it 'Gently Burning')
This song, Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys, inspired me to write this post.
Well, I don't really want all of the lines in the song to be true about me, like the part where she says the girl is lonely...but what I do want, is to be on fire for Jesus. I want people to see the fire in my eyes and know there is something different about me. I want them to want to know why I am different. I want them to be intrigued and I want to be able to tell them what it is and I want them to believe. I want them to change as well. I want them to realize that is not who I am, but what He has done - not what I've done, but who He is. I want them to see that His love is burning inside of me. I want them to say, "This girl is on fire." I want to be a flame for Him.
But wanting isn't enough; I know. I have to do something about it if I want it enough. I must grow in His love and practice on the people I see everyday, even my siblings who already believe. I want them to see as well, that He lives in my heart. Before making other people want to change and believe in the Gospel too, I must first change and I must first be that girl on fire.
"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before him and serve him, to minister before him and to burn incense." - 2 Chronicles chapter 29 verse 11
"You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light." - Psalms chapter 18 verse 28
"So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." - Ephesians chapter 3 verses 17 to 19
I think that we are all meant to be on fire for God. And I'm not saying we should all be the same, or that we are bad Christians if we aren't always burning so brightly. First of all, no fire is the same. And second, sometimes we almost go completely out, but God is there to use the bellows and make your flames grow bigger. And sometimes, we completely turn to ashes, but He starts us up again and then we burn brighter then ever. Don't forget that the bible verse in Psalms says that He will keep our lamp burning and turn our darkness into light. Let's burn for Him.