When my husband and I were first married, we went camping a lot.  The very first time we went, it rained all night long.  I was amazed at how dry we stayed in that little tent.  We didn’t have all the gear we have now back then, so we set up a big blue tarp over a picnic table and our propane lamp and stove.

In the morning, everything was drenched and there was a river of water flowing down the hill behind our tent from all the rain.

Finding dry wood for a camp fire wasn’t happening. Everyone else that had been there had packed up and left.

Have you ever tried to start a fire outside even with a little wind or rain?  Every time you light a match you have to protect the flame with your other hand until the fire “catches”. You’re limited by the time it takes to catch and the length of your match.  You might waste two or three matches before you figure the direction of the wind and can huddle your whole body against the wind to protect the flame.

That is how it is when you attempt to share Christ with someone who has been unchurched. It is important to get your own fire going before you attempt to light the fire of others. But that same joy that comes when you are finally able to get the fire going comes when you lead a soul to Christ.

When you tip your candle into their candle and there is a sudden crackle and blaze as their candle lights up.  The light shines and they begin to “see” what you’ve been talking about.

When you have the Spirit of God in you to help, it is like having a propane tank at the ready to light up the whole area. People come, even from a distance to share the fire of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

 

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