God’s Word releases God’s work. Power always accompanies the Word from his mouth. The Spirit of God is united to the Word and carries out the purpose for which it is sent. This pattern is repeated throughout the story of creation. “God saw the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness” (Gen. 1:4). God cannot allow the mixture of light and darkness—he makes a clear distinction between the two. So it will also be at the end of the age. God will separate those who live in the light from those who live in darkness. He will divide the wheat from the chaff. The Lord is not going to allow greyness—he wishes us to be either hot or cold. He will spit out the lukewarm (Rev. 3:15-16).
Remember what Jesus said:
“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in- law.” (Luke 12:51-53)
The Lord’s very nature is to divide. And it is his all-consuming fire that reveals truth from error. Before Jesus spoke the words above, he said, “I have come to bring fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49a). This fire can create tension, factions and splits. Every time revival fire has fallen throughout history, divisions occurred. God’s fire is profoundly disquieting and disturbing. With this in mind, can we still say with Jesus, “Oh, I wish it were already kindled” (Luke 12:49b)?
However, the good news is that in the end God’s work is beautified and brought to maturity. God’s fire refines, saves and delivers us.
Prayer: Father, since you have spoken into my life you have been working. All throughout my walk with you, you have been dividing the light from the darkness in my life. Continue your work. I invite your fire to purify, save and deliver me. May your fire make me more like you.