Acts 2:3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
I am persuaded that the greatest sign of the last days is totally overlooked and even shunned by the Christian Church. You speak of the end times and thoughts of wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines and signs in the heavens immediately come to mind. No one even mentions the sign that was the subject of Peter’s sermon on that first Pentecostal Sunday. The very focus of the great ‘this is that’ sermon was the gift of the heavenly language. It was the speaking in tongues that drew the crowd, it was those unusual languages that brought the sense of the supernatural on the scene. This was the fulfillment of the outpouring on all flesh that Joel spoke of as well as Isaiah’s stammering lips. Is. 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” What would prove to be our greatest weapon to win the most has been put aside as something unimportant or even irrelevant to this world’s culture. Here are some words from the 1800’s by Maclaren on the fire of God.
“I believe, dear brethren, and I am bound to express the belief, that one of the chief wants of the Christian Church of this generation, the Christian Church of this city, the Christian Church of this chapel, is more of the fire of God! We are all icebergs compared with what we ought to be. Look at yourselves; never mind about your brethren. Let each of us look at his own heart, and say whether there is any trace in his Christianity of the power of that Spirit who is fire. Is our religion flame or ice? Where among us are to be found lives blazing with enthusiastic devotion and earnest love? Do not such words sound like mockery when applied to us? Have we not to listen to that solemn old warning that never loses its power, and, alas! seems never to lose its appropriateness: ‘Because thou art neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.’ We ought to be like the burning beings before God’s throne, the seraphim, the spirits that blaze and serve. We ought to be like God Himself, all aflame with love. Let us seek penitently for that Spirit of fire who will dwell in us all if we will.”
Lord, I don’t want to be an iceberg, make me one of your burning ones. I think the world is longing for passion. It wants to feel strongly about something. Why not let our passion be an unbridled fire for the Lord.