If you are on fire for the Lord and you meet someone in the darkness what would you expect to happen if you struck a match in front of their face? They will most often jump back but the question is will they return? Rather than striking a match to make them jump or feel uncomfortable allow them to simply feel the warmth from your heart which is the love of God reflecting through the light of Jesus Christ.
The love of God is what maintains the fire and the more we love Him the bigger the fire. This is where many people fail to understand what Jesus taught to the disciples in Matthew 10:16. He told them as they were going out to share the Good News, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
In other words we should be wise to the spiritual maturity of the ones around us without blowing them away. We are to feed them God’s Word in love and allow the Spirit of Truth to draw them deeper into the well. There is a balance between the fire and water required in witnessing and in discipleship and this where many divisions have occurred .
For the fire without the Word is like a well without water and the deeper we dig in the well the more springs we can discover. The object is learning how to swim in the Word from the shallow end to the deep end without leaving anyone behind…amen
James A. Harrison