Start a fire in my soul! (Isaiah 49:6 — I will make you a light for the nations!”)
Start a fire in me, God, so that the world will see that it’s You we need.
The Unspoken Truth
Discover the unspoken truth that Unspoken expresses in their song “Start a Fire.”
Start a fire in my soul. Fan the flame and make it grow.
I say it’s unspoken because Unspoken never directly states the following truth in the song, but it shines brightly through their lyrics:
God is the one who starts the fire, and He’s the one who makes it grow.
Too often we get much of Christianity backward — or at least I have.
I spent years trying to be a light for God. Trying to “be” so much for God.
I couldn’t do it – and I was exhausted trying.
“I am the vine; you are the branches.
If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;
apart from Me you can do nothing.”
~ John 15:5
Ah! So I was doomed to failure from the start. I was trying to do something He’d already told us we’d never be able to do.
We don’t light the flame in our soul — God does.
God Starts the Fire
Once lit, a fire shines. That’s just what it does. It can’t not. (That’s a real sentence, right?)
The only way to keep a fire from shining is to blow it out, cover it up, or disconnect it from its source.
Except maybe on the day of Pentecost, fire doesn’t just hover in the air. It requires a source — something to burn.
Once burning, the fire can’t fan itself, but when someone or something else fans it, it grows.
What an encouraging spiritual truth!
“I will make you a light to the nations…” (Isaiah 49:6)
God Will Do It. He Must Do It All.
What He requires of us is that we seek Him with our whole heart and stay connected to Him, our source. In other words, abide in Him.
We find Him in His Word – on every page.
We abide in Him pretty much the same way – by letting Him, as revealed in His Word, live in and pour out of us continually.
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
As I see it, God’s telling us that He’ll start the fire in our soul, He’ll fan the flame and make it grow, and we just have to let it shine – which it was going to do anyway because that’s just what fire does as long we as don’t disconnect it from the source.
I can do that. That’s not even exhausting. In fact, it’s relaxing!
Imagine all we’ll see in the light from a fire that God has started, and imagine what the world will see in us, when we let His light shine.
If you’re like me, they’ll see a God who works wonders because they’ll see a change that only He could do.
As Unspoken clearly states, we have the hope and the light on the darkest days. Don’t keep it in. Let it shine bright.
The world needs to know that it’s Him that they need. Only Christ can save. He must do it all. We must let it shine.
“Start a fire in my soul!
Fan the flame and make it grow!”
I want to be a part of that! How about you?
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