Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14 (additional reading: Psalm 82:1-8 and Proverbs 25:9-10)
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” –Jer 20:9 NKJV
When you read this verse in context with the rest of this passage in Jeremiah 20 you would have seen that Jeremiah is speaking this as a complaint before God; however, I also want you to this verse in another way. I believe that this verse more than any other statement made in Scripture summarizes who Jeremiah was. Even in the midst of the most ardent ridicule and persecution Jeremiah could not stop preaching God’s word. He couldn’t stop preaching because his heart was a blazing bonfire of passion that compelled him to share. He was a bonfire for God.
One quality of bonfire believers is that they have completely surrendered everything to God. Surrender may start with salvation, but certainly doesn’t end there. Surrender only starts to become complete when we embrace the cross and fulfill the calling God has for us. When Jeremiah answered God’s call, he surrendered everything! Though the prophet lived hundreds of years before Christ, he certainly knew what it meant to carry the cross! Many people are eager to embrace the salvation aspect of the cross, but balk at the discipleship end of it. To embrace the cross means that we will sometimes have to inconvenience ourselves to answer the call, but if we didn’t then it wouldn’t be a cross.
Sometimes we balk at Christian service because we don’t feel that we are gifted enough to serve Him. But God doesn’t care about our abilities! He only cares if the fire is burning inside us! You see you can’t get fired up by only dressing for the game, you gotta get off the bench and play! If you feel like the spiritual fire in your life has gone down then ask yourself if you have done anything for the Lord lately!
The most anointed ministry is one through brokenness. Being broken for the lost means being vulnerable. This involves evangelism, servanthood, and intercession. We see from the beginning of this verse that Jeremiah is brokenhearted for the lost people of his generation. Are you willing to be brokenhearted for the lost people you know?