A friend swung by the office this week and told me an interesting parable:
A man from a rural area visited the city for the first time. He worked for a rather poor blacksmith back home, serving the surrounding villages and barely making ends meet. Whilst in the city, the man came across a pottery where workers were stoking the fire with bellows which he had never seen before. Fascinated by this he asked the potters how it worked; they readily showed him the mechanics behind the bellows. The workers then gave him one of their old ones and he set off for home. Arriving there he excitedly went to the blacksmith and showed him the bellows. Pumping the bellows and blowing air, both of them were perplexed that nothing was happening. This continued until someone came past and told them that they had to have a fire, that the bellows were meant to be used in combination with a fire.
The question this friend posed was: Does the Wind of God, the Holy Spirit, find fire in you to blow upon?
2 Timothy 1:6 says, "For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” That fanning is like the bellows, but you allow the Holy Spirit access to what is already inside of you through invitation.
Invite the Holy Spirit today to “blow” upon you, igniting the spark into a fire within you. That fire is a passionate resolve to serve the Lord with whole heartedness.