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Saturday, May 12th, '18

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THREE FIRES

"And there is no one who...stirs himself to take hold of You..." (Isaiah 64:7 NKJV)

 

My soul was fattened by Laurie Beth Jones' best seller JESUS: CEO. In one chapter she introduced three motivating calls, the burning bush, burning heart and burning house. The burning bush is external, a supernatural visitation of God, that caught Moses' eye then caught his heart. Sometimes the uncommon grabs our attention and moves us away from the mundane. The burning heart is what stirred David. He'd had it with all Goliath's loud-mouthing. Something had to be done. While others hid in their tents the shepherd boy's heart bubbled with rage then cou-rage so that he could do nothing other than face the challenge. The burning house, thirdly, is the ultimate motivator. Wicked Haman had conned the Persian king into signing genocide legislation against Queen Esther's people, the Jews. She had no choice but to step up to the plate. She was in a do or die predicament. A burning house will rouse action when nothing else will. Flies can't sit long on a boiling tea kettle.

 

You've found yourself before one of these fires if not all three. You've been stirred by what you see (burning bush), what you feel (burning heart) or what you suffer (burning house). The burning bush sneaks up on you. Spiritual dullards don't grasp divine hints. They have to be clobbered with them. "Hey, Moses, over here, to your right, in the bush, the burning bush. Wake up!" Spiritual sensitivity shouldn't require a tape recorded voice before it acts. It really doesn't even need a burning bush. A whisper ought to be enough. Samuel responded to the soft mention of his name. But Moses needed an angelic appearance. Paul needed the blinding light on the Damascus Road. Isaiah needed seraphim with coals of fire. Different strokes for different folks.

 

A better way to gauge your calling is by what raises your dander. David had a burning heart. He didn't need to fill out a gifts and calling questionnaire. The mere presence of Goliath caused the gift within him to surface. Paul asked, "Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?" (2 Corinthians 11:29) It was clear he was a pastor because of the kind of things that got his goat. If disorder makes your skin crawl than your gift must be in administration and order. Your calling is that thing closest to your heart.

 

Esther, on the other hand, had to be prodded. Her uncle Mordecai sought to convince her that she had "come to the kingdom for such a time as this". Living in the splendor of a Persian palace doesn't encourage the taking of risks. She lived in luxury, but if the edict against the Jews was carried out she too would have been among the casualties. The burning house forced her hand. Man's own hunger motivates him to hunt. We are capable of amazing feats when survival is at stake. The cascading steel of the pulverized Twin Towers motivated people to run who normally would have strolled. If more would see our world as a burning house more would be roused to do something about it. Being content with mediocrity, or what Mason calls the enemy called average, breeds indifference. Isaiah was alarmed that "there is no one who...stirs himself". If we don't respond to the burning bush we will have to respond to the burning house. The man who won't fall to his knees must ultimately be knocked to his knees. David had the better philosophy, the burning heart. It stirred him to enlist in Saul's army. It gave him guts to take on someone nearly twice his height and probably four times his weight. Burning bush, burning heart, burning house, what will it take before you surrender to the calling?


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