After I typed the title, it made finally made sense why those logs of wood are often called firewood…I think I’m having a blonde moment 🙈

Let’s get to today’s post, shall we?

The scenario we’re gonna work with today is a fireplace with logs of wood burning ferociously. They could burn like that for a long time as long as the igniters are all in play. Now pick out a fiery log. Oh wait; let’s make the fireplace a campfire. So you need that fiery log to find your way through the buses in order to ease yourself or get some food or whatever. The log will serve as a torch for as long as it burns. However, if you go too far for too long, the fire will burn out. I hope I haven’t lost you in the woods…

Now that you’ve caught up, let’s move on. The family of Christ is likened to that campfire with fervent believers burning for the Lord. But that’s not all the believer has been called for. We are the light of the world. So yeah, you would be fulfilling purpose as you march through stark darkness shining the light of God. But hey, if you stay too long without going back to the fireplace, you would burn out. This is why we have church services every Sunday and several midweek services as well as various fellowships.

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you seethe Day drawing near. -Heb 10:25 (ESV)

If you’re still not a fan of going to church, you might wanna read this post on why I stopped going to church. The enemy knows the importance of going back to the fireplace and believe me he will do all he can to stop you. He’ll present excuses that seem valid to the human ears and soon enough you find yourself going months without returning to the fireplace.

As a single log of fire in the dark world, your fire is bound to go off if you neglect returning to the fireplace. BTW do you think the world appreciates you shining your light into their eyes and exposing the works of evil? Nope! They don’t. They’ll gladly convince you, persuade you, force you…till your light gets dimmer and you join in the darkness.

You can’t have mid light or mid darkness. There’s no room for lukewarm believers in this evil world. You’re either burning hot or just a cold log of wood in the darkness.

Why so much emphasis on returning to the fireplace? Back to the scenario…the fiery log you took out is getting dimmer as you go farther and stay longer. Then you try to find your way back to the fireplace and toss it back in. You’d be amaze how that log will begin to catch fire again. Remember when I said the igniters have to be in play? The Holy Spirit is the igniter. It’s no surprise that some fireplaces are all burnt out and full of ashes. Some believers have lost the power, love and sound mind. All they’ve become are busy bodies who seek to please the flesh. That’s a sad situation! But there’s always hope…a revival. If such cold and burnt out fireplace of believers humbly set aside ‘self’ and have a total revival, the fire will return!

If you’re firewood without fire, you’re just a wood.


Have you distanced yourself from the church? Do you feel burnt out? Are you a lukewarm believer with a foot in the world and the other in the church? Has your fireplace (church) become cold that no one is on fire for God anymore?

Reignite your fire today by returning to the fireplace. And if your fireplace is burnt out, champion a revival and plead to the merciful Father to ignite you again by the Holy Spirit.

The war is too hot in these last days for you to be cold.

PrayerDear Lord, I’m sorry I have strayed away from the believers to do things my own way. I feel burnt out. The things of God don’t excite me anymore. Please forgive me. Reignite my zeal for your house. Light us up for you. Cause a massive revival to sweep through cold fireplaces. In Jesus name I pray, amen. 

Thanks for reading!

Have a blessed week ahead!

©Mfon Etuk, 2016

17 thoughts on “Fire and Wood

  1. Preach! Preach!! This is simply divinely inspired.
    More graces!
    #maybe I could tap fire from your own though 😉


  2. You never cease to amaze me with your passion for Jesus !!
    This reminded me of the bible verse
    Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.
    Since I started blogging this summer (thanks to my daughter Courtney) 😊❤️
    I have been so inspired by so many amazing brothers and sisters in Christ sharing what the Lord places on their hearts every day !!
    Loved your message and your analogy – I agree with Courtney
    you have the gift of write parables – you are always using awesome analogies in your blogs … Keep writing and being awesome – Jesus shines through you !!

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      1. Awwww you are so sweet 😊 thank you for welcoming me on board with open arms. It has been an amazing never knew blogging would include getting to know some amazing brothers and sisters in Christ who share Jesus’ love through their blogs & comments. God bless you as you are such a blessing !!!

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  3. Preach girl! Fellowship and prayer with other believers, as well as abiding with Jesus daily, is crucial to living a passionate life for Him. By the way, I nominated you for a challenge on my blog 🙂


  4. i can recount a number of times i had wanted to stay away from church ‘cos i wasn’t sure of what was right anymore. The ill-attitude of some of the people got me confused as to what was acceptable as a christian and what’s not. One thing that struck me was that, the moment you start drifting away, you will notice a slide in most aspects of your life. Thanks for your words of inspiration.


    1. Oh yeah, I get that confusion about whether or not to attend the church based on the different characteristics of individuals there. No one is perfect and while we strive to be better, we have to learn to love them anyway! Thanks for sharing Demola!


  5. It is such a challenge during this walk of Faith to keep the fire burning with blazing enthusiasm for God. Life is indeed difficult. However the more we stay away during those times of straying we feel cold and know we have stepped to far away from the fire of his goodness that kept our spirits warm. We always come back; don’t we!


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