W. E. Sangster, one-time Pastor of Westminster Central Hall, London, was on the panel responsible for interviewing applicants for the ministry. A nervous young man presented himself. The candidate said he ought to explain that he was rather shy and not the sort of person who would ever set the River Thames on fire.
“My dear young brother,” responded Sangster with wit and wisdom, “I am not interested to know if you can set the Thames on fire. What I want to know is this: if I picked you up by the scruff of your neck and dropped you into the Thames, would it sizzle?” God’s first concern is not whether you can set the world on fire, but whether you are on fire for God.