Fire in the Whole

"But 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 worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!"  Jeremiah 20:9

Can you relate to the words of the prophet Jeremiah in this verse?  Is there fire in the whole of your being, propelling you to share the gospel with everyone you meet?

I think many churches in America have fallen asleep at the wheel.  We've been complacent in our luxury and comfort while I believe our Savior is shouting to us, shaking us, and begging us to wake up.  We try to entice people and entertain them into our church doors and fellowship, thinking this will bring about real change in their hearts and lives.

My friend, that is counterfeit Christianity.

The Holy Spirit is the One and only One who convicts of sin and brings about real change in hearts and lives, real fire.  He will draw them in, but what will they find when they arrive in our congregations?

Sadly, if they attended with me one Sunday, they would have seen Astros jerseys and heard "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as the benediction.  Another Sunday, they would have been invited to a carnival on the lawn after church.

Where is the talk of repentance?  We say everyone is fine because they believe, but notice what Scripture says.

James 2:19 tells us, "You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”

In mining and in the military, when there is a fire in the hole, it means, “wake up,” “heads up,” and “pay attention!” Dynamite or a grenade has been thrown and there is about to be an explosion.

I believe Jesus is shouting “fire in the hole” to us as Christians, but we’ve lost the fire in the whole of our being and so have become deaf to His voice.

“No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house.“ Luke 11:33

Is there fire in the whole of you?

Goodnight, Runners.


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