Jeremiah 20:9 “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
“The spiritual fire lit in the heart of John Wesley by his mother Susannah, raged within him from the moment he was sure of his salvation. He was not allowed to preach in the Anglican churches of his day, nor did he have the desire to do so. Those churches had long since abandon the truths of God’s Word and existed in compromise and demise. Wesley took to the countryside and preached to the common people. He often preached from Acts 16:31, a message entitled, “What must I do to be saved?” People by the hundreds would come from miles around to hear the young evangelist preach the gospel.
D. L. Moody used to say, “Get on fire for God and people will come watch you burn!” Have you allowed the fire in your heart to burn low? Have you become complacent about soul winning? The summer months often get us out of our disciplines and routines, but were must not neglect the harvest all around us.
Pastor Glen Teasdale, a man few have heard of, told some friends after his long life was about to end, “I have been a pastor for over sixty years but I do not recall a single week where I did not go out and knock on some doors and tell people about Christ. Even when we would go on vacation, I would slip away to a nearby town and spend an hour or two telling people about Jesus.” The fire in his bones never went out!
Surely if we would ask the Lord to bring someone across our path today who needs the Gospel, He would do so. Wendall P. Loveless put his prayer in a little chorus: “Lead me to some soul today; O teach me, Lord, just what to say. Friends of mine are lost in sin, and cannot find their way; Few there are that seem to care, and few there are that pray. Melt my heart and fill my life Give me one soul today.””
Taken from “Revival Today 365 Challenging Devotions from Revival History by John Goetsch & Nathan Birt.