When Christians complain about the darkness and evil in the world, we reveal a lack of understanding of God’s purpose for us on earth. Jesus said we are the light of the world. It is therefore the present darkness which makes us relevant. Darkness needs the light, though it may deny and even resist the light. That fact is clear. What is less obvious is that light also needs darkness if it is to be necessary. What is light without darkness?
God placed Christians here to light up every dark situation. We are God’s Fire Department. But God’s Fire Department is one which does not put out fires. We start fires. Our torch is lit by God’s Holy Spirit. He baptizes with fire. We take this fire, in our spirits, and with our hearts burning within us, we light up everybody we meet. In nature, we see the annual wild fires as a means of renewal of earth’s vegetation. The earth’s spiritual condition calls for a global outbreak of wild fire, a consumption of the old, dry and brittle, preparing the ground for new life to spring up.
It is a sad day, when the fire complains about the dry conditions which actually give it a job to do. Complaining about the present evil is a self-indictment by the church. Our complaint indicates we have lost our fire. We need to be lit up again by the Holy Ghost. I humbly postulate that the problem of the world today is a fire-less church. It is a sad day, when the fire complains about the dry conditions which actually give it a job to do.
The history of the church shows that every time the church is set ablaze, the world is set ablaze. Every time the church loses its fire, the world loses its light and heat. Emperor Nero set the church on fire and revival broke out in the Roman empire. Conversely, during the medieval years, when the the church had no fire, the Dark Age was the result. Not a jot or tittle of Jesus’ words will return void without accomplishing its intended purpose. Jesus said of the church, that we are the light of the world, and so we are. Blessed be our God who cannot lie. He watches over His word to perform it. He will make sure we catch that fire, one way or another. If we are wise, we will earnestly seek the Holy Ghost.
Let us ask ceaselessly for the return of His fire to the church. The alternative is too painful to contemplate. Either we get our fire from the Holy Ghost, or God uses the world to light us up. Either we give the world the fire it needs, or the world gives us the fire it has. One way or another, the light of the world will get its fire.