The Fourth of July harkens to mind images of flags, picnics, family time and fireworks. For some, it is the fireworks that stand out as the best part. Growing up in Kansas (and at a time when you could still buy the good stuff) I looked forward to this time of the year from the time school let out in May. I liked the 4th so much I and a few friends even made our own explosives. Looking back at it all it’s a wonder none of us lost any body parts as we experimented with fireworks manufacturing.
There is some sort of connection between those who love the power and beauty of fireworks AND those who love to see the Kingdom of God make forward progress in lives. Clearly, there are some who don’t like fireworks. “It’s too loud! I don’t like the colors! It smells bad!” To those people, I say, “You are missing out because of some minor irritations!” Also, clearly there are people who don’t seem to get the advance of the Kingdom of God. Some are unenthused when people are converted to Christ or healed by the power of the Holy Spirit or they have a desire to draw closer to Christ. They seem to be blind to the power and beauty and appeal of God that is right before their eyes. I just don’t get it.
Enjoy the literal fireworks over the next few days. At the same time realize that maybe down deep you are really a spiritual pyromaniac – that God is at work through you with some capital “F” fireworks.