Putting Out the Fire
by Randy Chambers, 2014-12-30
1 Thessalonians 5:19, NIV: Do not put out the Spirit's fire.
It is a sad but very real truth, that in the church today, the movement of the Spirit is far too often quenched. As God would have us embrace His leadership and follow Him wherever He would lead; we dismiss His prompting and settle for the familiar traditions, polity, and ‘proper’ procedure. Too many church services run like a well-oiled machine, unintentionally deafening the churches ears to the Spirit’s voice. There is no room for deviation from the accepted order of worship, or from the allotted time frame. The life of a church, just like the life of an individual Christian, is to be marked by moment-by-moment obedience to the Spirit. We need a continual readiness and willingness to dismiss our agenda and follow God’s prompting. Such obedience does not open doors for those who desire change for change sake; nor does it permit us to operate only within the comfort of tradition. Such obedience, instead, will follow Christ whether Christ instructs us to “be still,” or to “go forth.”