Fire and Spirit

Posted: 2016/12/04 in Advent, Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship
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161204In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:1-12, NRSV)

Water is cleansing and allows for repentance, but the one who is coming after John will baptize with fire and with Spirit.

This one will clear the threshing floor and gather the wheat and burn the chaff. So which are you wheat or chaff?

Well here is the thing, until it is separated, wheat and chaff belong to the same plant.  So the answer to the question is yes. Yes I am wheat, and yes I am chaff.

And we are called to lift up our wheat and allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to burn within us and prepare the way for Jesus to come through our lives and be shown to the world.

So allow Him to shine through you and allow the Spirit to burn deep in your life and light up the love of God in you so the world may see your wheat and see His love for them.

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