Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jer. 20:9 Passion for the Lord

Jer. 20:9 And I can’t stop! If I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in!

Oh but that this verse would be the life verse of every child of God!  Oh but that we all would be so consumed by the Lord that our voices could not be contained!  But, it simply is not that way, is it?   Have you ever asked yourself why?  I believe there are many reasons why we don’t have such an all consuming passion for the Lord and His Word.

We talk about most those things which excite us the most.  Most of us simply are not all that excited about the Lord.  We fail to pursue Him to the point of no return.  We are satisfied with where we are in Him, and not all that interested in more of Him in our lives.  We give lip service to Him, but that is about it. 

We fix our attention on more tangible things and become consumed by them.  We focus on the offerings of the world and think that it is enough to satisfy our souls.  We spend most of our time chasing after the things of earth instead of the things of heaven.  We put greater value on what we can see instead of what we can’t see. 

Rarely do we become so consumed by the Lord like Jeremiah did.  Rarely are we able to say that we are so overpowered by Him in our lives that we MUST tell others.  Rarely does our desire for the Lord compel us into action. 

We need to capture the passion of Jeremiah for the Lord.  We need to be so consumed by Him that we HAVE to tell others about Him.  We need to make the Lord our number one passion in life.  It is the only way we are going to have a lasting impact on our world.  May the Lord help each of us to fix our hearts on Him to the point where we too have an all-consuming passion for Him to the point where we can’t do anything but tell the world about Him.

Such passion is contagious.  When the messenger catches the passion for the Lord, the message becomes full of passion.  When the message is passionate, the listener catches the passion.  Pray much for those who proclaim the Word that their hearts will be consumed by an unquenchable passion for the Lord.

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