Thursday, January 8, 2015

On Fire

There are multiple meanings of the phrase On Fire. From time to time it's common to hear it being used to describe someone's enthusiasm for a particular action, purpose, or cause. Being on fire for something beyond ourselves has to do with passion, dedication, and commitment.

What might it look like for a community of people to be on fire for God's purposes? More specifically, what would it be like for St. Luke Lutheran Church to be on fire for the mission of sharing the light of Christ?

I like the imagery of fire. Well, I'll be honest, I like real fire. I like to sit beside the fireplace in my back yard and burn things (mostly wood). Sometimes I stoke the flames to the point where they reach beyond the limits of safety. The point is, sometimes something on fire escapes our ability to exercise control. And we love to be in control. (We think we are safe that way.)

But guess what? We are not in control. God is in control. We get to cooperate and participate in God's plans and with God's will. And when we do, we too can be on fire. We can be passionate for our mission and ministry in Christ's name. From our perspective, that's risky business. and so we resort to playing it safe.

I've been reminding myself recently of the notion that converted people convert people. Being on fire is contagious. It spreads, especially when the wind of the Holy Spirit acts.

This Sunday the church remembers the Baptism of our Lord.  We hear of Jesus' identity and mission. And, we get to remember our identity and mission. We are children of God. The mission that has been entrusted to us is to share the light of Christ.

We too can be on fire.  What do you think?  Are you willing to be enkindled by the light of Christ and the Holy Spirit? What would it look like in your life and our life together? What about control and fear?

As we remember the Baptism of Our Lord, we do well to remember our own.  Where were you baptized? When were you baptized? How were you baptized? Have you been baptized? If not, would you like to be baptized? So many questions!!! Although it may be a stretch, enjoy the video:

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Baptism of Our Lord
January 11, 2015

Prayer of the Day
Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, 
your voice moves over the waters. 
Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, 
that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, 
who loves and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, now and forever.

Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-17
Mark 1:4-11

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