Yesterday, as I was listening to a Christian radio program in the car, the guest speaker made a quote, which fascinated me. He was quoting from a French Commander in World War I named Ferdinand Foch (1851 – 1921). Ferdinand was asked what he believed to be the most powerful weapon in the world. He replied, “The most powerful weapon in the world is a soul on fire.”
This quote made me consider the state of my own soul. I asked myself: is my soul on fire? Does it show? Why or why not?
You see fire is not a neutral element. In many ways, it’s alive without it being a living being. Fire can either be used for a person’s benefit (such as warming a home or cooking a meal) or it can become a force of destruction (like burning a house down or large areas of forest).
Fire also spreads when lit. Many of you probably remember the commercial on TV featuring Smokey the Bear, warning young viewers to make sure that they completely put out their campfires. A small smouldering ember, if not extinguished properly, could flare up again into a flame. That small flame would then spread to the surrounding vegetation and it would only be a matter of time before acres of forest are engulfed in an inferno.
Therefore, in a biblical sense, a soul on fire for God is an incredible weapon! A Christian on fire will cause decimation to the enemy’s camp; it will also revive and bring spiritual warmth to other believers, inflaming their souls to live for God with everything they have.
So I ask the question again: is my soul (or yours) on fire for God? If not, what happened to put the spark out?
I have to confess that many times my soul is just smouldering with the remnants of what once was a bright fire for God. I have allowed the muck of this world to encrust the “feet of my soul” and I have not taken the time to clean it off by communicating with my Father in heaven through the reading of the Scriptures and prayer. As time goes by, I lose my love that I had for Jesus.
So what should we do to “re-flame” the soul? Work harder at it? Try to spark the flame by our own efforts? These approaches will be as successful as trying to rub our hands to create a spark.
So what should we do then? We are to return to the source of the fire. Hebrews 12:29 mentions that “our God is a consuming fire.” Therefore, we have to go back to God and warm our soul in His presence through prayer and meditating on His word. Reach out and touch Him and watch our soul burn bright and clear once again! Love Jesus again as when we first believed in the gospel. This rekindling of our soul can only be accomplished through faith in Jesus as instructed in Colossians 2:6-7: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
I remember reading an interesting story written by Leonard Ravenhill. He writes about a young maid who worked in a mansion in England many years ago. Her job every morning was to light the fireplaces in each room. This was laborious work because every stately room had fireplaces since central heating was not yet invented. As she did so, she prayed a simple prayer as she lit each fireplace. She prayed that just as she lit every fireplace, may the Lord light her soul on fire for Him. May this be our prayer as well. Let us have souls on fire for Jesus and become a powerful weapon for the cause of the gospel!