“You’re kindling a fire / Reviving my desire / Spirit come fan the flame.”
About a year ago I had this desire to write a song of rowdy, reckless worship. You know, the kind of song that makes you want to start running in place when the music starts. The kind of song that creates expectancy right out the gate.
I was sitting in my room and started strumming the guitar rapidly on a G Chord. And I found the words rolling off my tongue, “Come in like a wildfire!” I realized that was exactly what I wanted to say, and we built the rest of the song around this phrase.
When I sing, “Come in like a wildfire,” I don’t imagine lighting a candle. I don’t imagine pre-heating an oven. I think of some dry brush in the middle of a forest on a hot summer’s day that catches flame, and all of the sudden, lights up everything near it. It starts a fire that cannot be stopped. (I also picture those three fire emojis that are so descriptive and pungent with meaning for us millennials 🔥🔥🔥! )
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11, “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone [Jesus] is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” (NLT)
THAT IS THE HEART CRY OF THIS SONG.
We are asking for the fire of God that empowers, emboldens, purifies, refines, restores, cleanses and sends out with force. We’re asking God to burn in our hearts individually and in our midst so much that it cannot be contained. The disciples experienced this in Acts 2 when they first encountered the Holy Spirit and His power. The fire of God came on them, then they turned outward to the world and saw 3,000 people give their lives to Jesus. Now that’s a wildfire! This is a what a move of God looks like. He touches one, or a few hungry ones, then they spread the fire by sharing the gospel and inviting more into the flame, and a wildfire begins.
JESUS IS STILL LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO BAPTIZE WITH THIS WILDFIRE. LET’S BE THOSE PEOPLE.
I long to burn with passion for Jesus and His purposes in the earth. And I want to stay burning. It’s songs like this that revive passion within me. I hope this song will do that for you!
By Brandon Seibert – AntiochLIVE