Like other Salvationists from all over the world passionately engaged with the #Boundless2015 Congress, both in person and online, I too was inspired to hear the collective cry in our worship for God to "Send the fire today" and the corporate desire expressed through song that "We need another Pentecost" in The Salvation Army!
But do we really want it? Are we prepared for what it might look like? Can this fresh outpouring of the Spirit be fully released within our existing structures? Will we ride the wave or will we erect breakwaters to protect the harbour?
When we sing "Look down and see this waiting host" - how expectant are we?
When we sing "We need another Pentecost" - how well did we respond to the first one?
When we sing "And make us fit to live or die" - what price are we willing to pay?
When we sing "To burn up every trace of sin" - do we have a truly repentant heart?
When we sing "The revolution now begin" - will we try to risk-manage it?
When we sing "The fire will meet our every need" - how does that influence our fundraising efforts?
When we sing "For strength to always do what's right" - is that in spite of unpopularity?
When we sing "For power to walk the world in white" - will holiness precede tolerance?
When we sing "To make our weak hearts strong and brave" - are we prepared to be persecuted?
When we sing "To live a dying world to save" - do we still believe the world is in need of salvation?
When we sing "Oh see us on Your altar lay" - does that include what we have always done?
It is easy to sing such stirring words in the security and affirmation of a united gathering, but living such words is quite another story when immersed in the trenches of mission, navigating layers of bureaucracy or soliciting community and government support!
While it is true that The Salvation Army ministers in challenging and complex times, it is equally true that "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness" (2 Peter 1:3).
Therefore, when we sing "Send the Fire" let us dare to allow Holy Spirit to consume the dross and reignite a Christ centred, Spirit empowered, faith driven, and prophetically guided movement that repositions God's salvation message as central to our mission!