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January 24, 2011


I wanted to talk about the title of my blog and where the phrase comes  from. I’m sure everyone’s heard a variation of it before, the  only one I  can think of is “Gold refined by the fire.” I think it’s fairly common in  Christianity because we often use it to describe going through hardship in  order to come out more Christ-like on the other side. That we become  better versions of ourselves as we endure our trials and hardships.

The particular phrase “Real gold fears no fire.” came to me from a book by  Christian author Randy Alcorn titled “Safely Home.” It’s used frequently  by one of the protagonists, a Chinese man, throughout the book. This  book was life altering for me. It truly was. To give an idea of what the  book is about (without giving away the plot!) I’ll tell you that it’s based  around the persecuted church in China and the friendship of a wealthy  American businessman and a poor Chinese locksmith.

All I can say is that when you read this book, during and afterwards, all  you can think is “That is the type of Christian I want to be.” Seriously, I  kid you not, that is all I thought about for days. The Chinese protagonist, Quan, is the kind of Christian I think we all want to be. He has a true servants heart and is willing to die for Christ. How many of us in our comfortable North American homes are ever going to face persecution that involves death? Sure we rant about how we can’t pray in schools or keep a Bible on our desk at work, but how many of us would truly be willing to lay our lives on the line for our God? And to look past  material goods of this world and focus on serving our God? I’m guilty of focusing on material things.. clothing, kitchen accessories, decorating my home. I get caught up in this world that I lose focus on serving God first and foremost, and forsaking worldly wants because they just don’t matter as much as I want them to.

At the end of the day, what have I done for God? How have I served him? Have I put myself on the line for him? I’m ashamed to say that most days the answer is: nothing and no. I hide in my comfort zone and refuse to speak out for our Father and refuse to do anything that would cause others to think poorly of me, let alone be persecuted.

Quan is the kind of Christian I want to be. I want to serve whole-heartedly and to use my time here to serve God because this lifetime is fleeting and all the items I own and all the opinions of others do not matter. I am here to serve, not to be served. To get back to my main point, the saying “Real gold fears no fire” resonates with me. If I am truly a woman of God and here to serve him and to give my life to him, then I shall not fear any trials set before me. My faith is in him and I will only exit the fire as a better servant.

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo