Thursday, October 26, 2017


“I have come to light a fire on the earth.” 
Luke 12:49

Why in the world would Jesus say that? I think of the conflagration in California, the wildfires devastating more than 1 million acres of beautiful wine country and some 40 people burned to ashes. More than 5000 homes and buildings are now just dust, ashes and rubble. Is this conflagration what Jesus meant?

In Deuteronomy 4, there is a verse there which says, “For the Lord, your God, is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” In another version, it reads, “a devouring fire”. Devouring and consuming are certainly descriptions of the wildfires in Sonoma county! The verse before v.24, reads, “Take heed, therefore, lest, forgetting the covenant which the Lord, your God, has made with you, you fashion for yourselves against His command an idol in any form whatsoever”. How serious a sin is making an idol in any form, shape or configuration? Very very very serious! 

An idol is a false God. It doesn’t have to be a piece of wood, or marble in a church. It can be anything we put in the place of God. It can be a person we obey and admire and defend even if he himself does and says things against God’s laws, and asks us to do things that God hates. It can be our work if our work separates us from God and the family we love. It can be many things if we put those things before God. Indeed, Jesus wants to bring fire into our lives to burn away whatever is dross from the gold. Are we prepared for God’s consuming fire? We need to be if we are serious about going to heaven! No dross is allowed there! 

1 comment:

  1. I so admire your beautiful work and the way you shine the light of Jesus in all you do here. You are an inspiration!


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