A fire starts. It spreads through the dry grass and on into the forest so fast no one can keep up. It’s a fire of destruction. But there was another fire, that of Pentecost…That fire spread from head to head of the apostles…then from person to person as they committed themselves to Jesus among those who gathered in Jerusalem that day. Then from Jew to Jew…And finally from gentile to gentile. Now the Holy Spirit’s fire continues to burn, the fire of God. And yet we are still called to go, to tell others. In the common worship liturgy of the Church of England there is a line:
As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
This is the ignition, the spark of life. The Holy Spirit. Wherever the gospel is proclaimed in a new way to new people there is that spark, again setting hearts on fire. It’s a spark which becomes a passion to tell others of Jesus, to respond to the love of God for us…to make disciples.
It is our calling to set fires burning wherever God calls us