Don’t Lose Your Fire!

Charles Spurgeon, one of history’s greatest church influencers, is quoted as saying in his Lectures to My Students:

“Do not enter the ministry if you can help it. If any student in this room could be content to be a newspaper editor, a grocer, a farmer, or a doctor, or a lawyer, or a senator, or a king, in the name of heaven and earth, let him go his way.”

It seems to be a huge indictment against serving in ministry. But the reality is that Christianity—especially the ministry—can be difficult. At times it will wear you down. There will be times that you want to quit and forget about God.

The myth that God will save us and that all of our problems will go away is completely and utterly false!

Consider the prophet Jeremiah and his ministry. He was called the “weeping prophet” because he saw the judgment of God was coming to an unrepentant Israel. He was heartbroken because they refused to listen. He grieved because his pleas fell on deaf ears and hard hearts.

Such was the disappointment in ministry that Jeremiah writes:

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.

Jeremiah 20:9

Like many Christians, Jeremiah wanted to quit. Life had gotten so hard and frustrating that he no longer wanted to serve God. It got so bad that he didn’t even want to mention him or speak in his name anymore!

Have you ever felt this way in your Christian walk? Life gets in the way of your walk with Jesus and you wonder what the point of serving God is? How do you deal with this?

You need the fire! You need the strength of the Holy Spirit in order to continue!

In the latter part of verse 9, Jeremiah admits that although he wanted to quit, he couldn’t! There was a fire in him that made him persevere. His love, passion, desire, and instinct were attuned to God because that fire was shut up in his bones!

I beg you, DO NOT TAKE YOUR SALVATION LIGHTLY! You have a great gift from God, so fight for the gift and don’t give up, no matter what!

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

When trouble comes to your life, fill yourself up with faith. Pray relentlessly and fall in love with God. Understand his promises and trust in them. Don’t let a momentary circumstance rob you from your eternal reward!

But above all, realize that you cannot do this in your own strength. Jeremiah’s resolve didn’t come from his theological prowess or his own stubbornness. He persevered because he had fire inside him.

Do you have fire inside of you for the things of God? If not, pray that you might receive his fire in your life…..