After about fours years of mulling over beginning to write, it’s finally happening. I am ecstatic to finally be writing in some kind of format other than Facebook and college papers.
God spoke to me about beginning to write during my freshman year of college and has confirmed it through multiple people since then over the last three or four years. The content that I plan on providing will be on a variety of topics (mostly topics of the faith though I could see myself writing about a few other topics in the future), however, the heartbeat behind them will always be the same.
In Luke 18, Jesus shares the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. He finishes telling this parable to His disciples, and before changing subjects Jesus says something in verse 8 that I find significant.
He first affirms to the disciples that in our persistence before God we will be heard. However, before closing the conversation He takes the disciples a step further and asks a rhetorical question; “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
“I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8 NKJV
In another post I may write more extensively on this parable, however for now I want to center in on this rhetorical question posed by Jesus.
We know that there is not a single question that Jesus does not already have the answer. His choice to ask this question was not for His sake, but ours. I believe this is the primary question Jesus is still asking us today, “Will you be found faithful?”
“His choice to ask this question was not for His sake, but ours.” I believe this is the primary question Jesus is still asking us today, “Will you be found faithful unto the end?”
If we recall the message of the parable it was not only one of prayer, but also one of persistence. Jesus, in His kindness, wanted us to hear once more that the only appropriate way to respond to His love is to commit ourselves to being found faithful to Him.
The way to being found faithful is giving ourself to persistent, uncompromising daily devotion to loving Jesus with wholeheartedness, irregardless of situation, circumstance or season until the end of our days or the return of the son of Man. This is what produces a fire that keeps in our hearts (you guessed – that is where the name of the blog comes!)
I am convinced that we are not meant to struggle to survive spiritually, but thrive. Because of the finished work of the cross, the resurrection, and the upper room experience that is available to all I am convinced God’s heart for His people is that we would thrive in the persistence.
“I am convinced that we are not meant to struggle to survive spiritually, but thrive.”
Thriving is persistence with a heart that has not grown cold or dull to the things of God but rather burns with loving devotion for the Lord and desires to carry out His work until the day we meet the Lord face to face.
The Apostle Paul longed to see the body of Christ found faithful as well when He wrote to the Thessalonian church and revealed that His prayer was for the church to “be found blameless” at the coming of the Lord. It is clear God not only wants His church to have a burning heart today, but to also resolve to be burning even brighter at His return.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonian 5:23
To that end if this reality is to come to pass, it will require a generation that is equipped, regardless of occupation, with a fire in their heart that keeps day in and day out. A generation who says yes to the command of Leviticus 6:13.
“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.”
-Leviticus 6:13 NIV
With A Fire That Keeps my prayer is that it would be one of many voices in our generation provoking many to choose to be found faithful when Jesus returns with a heart that still burns. I pray that you are encouraged, provoked, and enlightened by the content of this blog.
He is asking you today will you choose to be found faithful when the Son of Man returns?