This past Sunday we looked at U2's song When Love Comes To Town. It's a powerful song about the power of God's love in Bono's life and how it transformed and rescued him. He describes love coming to town and how he 'jumped that train' and 'caught that flame.' The flame reference he's making is in regards to Hebrews 12:29 where it says God is a consuming fire.
One of the challenges we face in the church today is that there are a lot of people that hang out around church and God but never fully commit themselves. They come in enough to get warmed by the fire but they never let it consume them. There's a lot of reasons people like to hang out around church: friendly people, a place to belong, motivational boost for their week, something to do, place to meet others like themselves, etc. These are great reasons for people to first come to church, but if they become the reason they keep coming back week after week then something is wrong.
The danger is people that are hanging out being warmed by the fire often times think they are living for God... when in reality they're just receiving some of the limited benefits of being close to those that are consumed by God. There is a much greater level of commitment that God demands from. He doesn't just want a bunch of groupies that hang out when it's convenient for them. He wants people that are fully committed to living their lives for Him, no matter what the cost. He wants a people that are consumed by His fire.
Where are you with God? Are you just warmed by the fire of God or have you given yourself fully to Him?