But if I say I will not mention him or speak any more in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”Jeremiah 20:9
The zeal of Jeremiah in the face of a difficult and painful ministry is inspiring. We can understand why he might contemplate giving up. Maybe most of us have reached a point in our faith journey when we were considered just giving up. I’m saddened when some do; I’m encouraged by those who keep going no matter the struggles! How can we have that Jeremiah spirit of having a fire in our bones?
Don’t let the worship fire go out! When we worship together we have opportunity to contemplate the presence of the living God, enjoy the blessing of being loved by the family of God, and find a place to serve others. (Hebrews 10:22-25)
Don’t let the prayer fire go out! Our daily time of prayer and devotion for God is the way to fuel the fire of zeal for God. In Psalm 145:2 David declares, “Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.” Paul encouraged the Colossians that a man named Epaphras was “always wrestling in prayer” for them. When have we wrestled in prayer for those we know are facing hardships? Personal worship is time alone with God, reading his word, expressing our needs to Him, and often interceding for others.
Don’t let the servant fire go out! When we are focused on ourselves we can become self-centered. Loving others with compassion and sympathy creates a conduit for God’s love through us and into the lives of those we care about. We grow in zeal when we help others who cannot help themselves!
The Gospel is not an old, old story, freshly told. It is a fire in the Spirit, fed by the flame of Immortal Love; and woe unto us, if, through our negligence to stir up the Gift of God which is within us, that fire burns low.– Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
Don’t let the fire go out!