Fire is powerful, often destructive – certainly when it is out of control. Under control it is quite useful. Our fire burned away the dead, the unfruitful. This will make room for new growth. The black ash draws heat from the sun to warm the soil. Burning the dead grass makes the nutrients more accessible to the living plants.
Grace is a holy fire burning everything that will not last in the Kingdom of God. The question is not if grace is under control.
It is – Are we under grace?
The burning will come. Burning away those dead works of ours makes room for growth, nourishes our soul for He makes beauty from ashes.
For someone not under grace the fire is devastating, yet still grace, for in devastation one can still turn to Him, still accept His grace. He can take even those ashes, those burned without one having faith. He has already done that for each of us. Ashes from our pre-saved lives are being made beautiful even now, beautiful for eternity.
As our dead works are burned away we will grow, refreshingly sweet. Others will see how our ashes became beauty. This is the way of grace. The way of redemption. The way of revival.
As we burn others will see our freedom and long to burn as well. It will spread until the whole world hears.
All is grace. The beauty and the fire.