Yesterday, I started writing about different things people bring to a fire: Some bring water to put the fire out / others bring marshmallows to watch the fire burn. Today, I want to focus on two other things I thought about.
There are those who bring wood to a fire. These people who choose to contribute to the fire. They don’t want the fire to die out, so they bring the fuel that keeps it burning. When I think of Ignite’s ministry of starting new churches across Chicagoland, I recognize that God has given us many valuable partners. These partners keep the fire burning, so more new churches can be started across the region. Just as a fire needs wood placed and rearranged to burn more brightly, these people keep our focus sharp as their contributions, questions and encouragment renew our energy.
The last group of people I want to mention are those who bring gasoline to the fire. Normally, this idea carries a negative connotation, but I use it to represent those who help the fire expand explosively. The people I am referring to are our church planters and their families. These men and women come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. They do share one thing in common: they want to introduce people and communities to Jesus. With the help of people like this, the ministry of Ignite Church Planting will continue to grow explosively into the future. I am grateful for the planters that God has brought to us.
Looking at the different items brought to a fire, I end with a question: What do you bring to the fire?