Christian, Fire Up!
By Lois J. Stucky (1928 – 2014)
[The following article was written in March 1972 when the Herald office was located in California.]
As I stood warming my hands before the Herald of His Coming office fireplace the other day, the lively fire blazing there seemed to speak to me: “See how full of life and energy I am! Feel the invigorating warmth I send out. See the pure light and beauty I give forth. Christ wants the hearts of His own flaming so!”
I remember how pleased we were when we moved into the desert office and saw the old-fashioned, stone fireplace there. “This just suits us,” we said. “‘Economize to evangelize’ is one of our mottoes. This will help cut our gas bill.
“The crackling flames and the smell of burning juniper will give a homey, heartwarming atmosphere to the office – just like the spirit we want in our hearts as we do our work,” we said – for while we try to be efficient and “not slothful in business” as we go about our office duties (Rom. 12:11), we ever want to be rendering heart service to our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.
We soon found that it takes quite some effort to keep a fire blazing. No matter how bright and blazing the fire that we light on a cold morning, it soon dies down if it is neglected.
“Christ wants hearts aflame,” the fire seemed to speak again to me as I stood musing there. “He wants hearts where the flame kindled by the Holy Spirit is continually stoked by Bible reading and prayer. He wants hearts where the blaze burns on no matter what stormy blasts Satan sends to put out. He wants hearts that let not sin turn a bright blaze into dying embers.”
Oh, for the Holy Spirit’s fire in our hearts in these closing days of time! Never ought we to forget the Bible warning that in the last days, the love of many will wax cold! (Matt. 24:12). If our spiritual temperature is low, let us fire up!
“Oh that Thou wouldest rend the heavens, that Thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at Thy presence. As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy presence!” (Isa. 64:1-2).
Christians, NOW is our hour of opportunity! God is moving by His Spirit here and there – wanting to do great and gracious things! Let us move with Him! Let us pray and believe. Let us do all we can to stir ourselves and to stir others up for revival!