a good day to set the world on fire.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 KJV
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” With these words, St. Catherine of Siena summed up the purpose of the life of each and every human being.
How do we know who God meant us to be? The best place to look for that answer is in the Holy Bible, of course. The Bible tells us first and foremost that “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NASB). Since God has no physical body, when Moses was telling the story of creation to the people of Israel, he was trying to teach them that God created us to reflect the goodness of His character. We do this by showing others the love, patience, kindness, compassion, faithfulness and forgiveness that God has placed in each of us.
Up to the latter part of the 1800’s, the ability of any individual to influence large numbers of people was limited by the primitive modes of travel and communication that were available. In today’s world, what we say, what we do and who we are can have an almost instantaneous impact around the world. This capability makes it crucial that we take the time to reflect on what our behavior tells others about who we are and what we believe.
If we are dedicated to being who God meant us to be, our behavior will mirror the true character of God and our ability to ignite the desire in others to reflect that character will be assured. As neighbor sees neighbor reflecting the character of God, the world will be set on fire with the passion of everyone striving to be who God meant them to be.
A world inhabited only by people who lived, acted and behaved as God meant us to would surely resemble heaven on Earth.
Impossible? As the angel of the Lord informed Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 KJV). It is very easy to look around us and become discouraged. But it is just as easy to look within at what God has placed inside each one of us and be who He meant us to be. If each of us becomes that person, we will be amazed at what we can do.
We could very well be the match that sets the world on fire with a passion for God.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson