If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. (Jer.20:9)
Christianity must be a religion filled with zeal and enthusiasm, directed of course by the word of God (Rom.10:1-3). Knowledge of the word of God, coupled with great fervor to put into practice what we learn from God’s will is a religion that pleases God and will attract others to Christ. The more of God’s word we put into our hearts and minds, the greater the fire of devotion and dedication to the cause of Christ grows. “If I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jer.20:9). The more we learn of the word of God and the more we truly understand its application to our lives, the greater the fire that burns within us. As the fire grows, so, too, does the desire to learn more about the will of God and to live it out in our lives. Do you need to reign in your zeal within the boundaries of God’s word? Do you need to rekindle the zeal for the cause you once had? Whether zeal run amok, or cold, calloused formalism, either extreme is detrimental to the soul. Zeal with knowledge, that is our aim!
“Heavenly Father, help us to live your will with our whole hearts. Forgive us when we are not zealous to carry out your word. Forgive us when we do not allow our lives to be directed by your commands. Keep the fire burning within us for you and your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”