Spiritual Shock Treatment
Written by Ron Luce
"But if I say, 'I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot" (Jer. 20:9).
Jeremiah had the edge. The Word of God was like fire in his bones. He couldn't keep his mouth shut. He just had to tell people about God!
When you have the edge you have fire. You have a word that's burning in your heart and you say, "I can't keep this to myself. It's like a fire raging inside of me."
"Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel" (1 Cor. 9:16).
Paul's attitude was, I've got to preach this thing! If I don't, I won't be able to live with myself. It's real! It's alive! The gospel message is so real that if I don't preach it, I'll be miserable! Paul had a fire that burned in his bones. It was a deep, overwhelming conviction. To not minister the Gospel was agony to Paul. When you have the edge you have a tremendous conviction in your heart and your mind that you must do all you can do to see people saved.
A lot of people have good teaching but no real fire - and that disturbs me. One of the worst insults is when someone comes up to me after a service and says, "That was a real neat sermon." I don't want anyone telling me I had a neat sermon. I want my sermons to be full of fire. I want to see people's lives transformed by the power of Almighty God.
I want them so stunned that they forgot they were on earth. I want them so transported to where they're not even able to speak, because they just had an encounter with God. If they're coherent enough to know that it was a neat teaching, then I must not have had the edge.
Do you have that kind of conviction every time you can share the Gospel?
Does a fire burn in your bones to share Jesus with your friends?
If you can't say that, my challenge to you is to purpose in your heart to have this kind of conviction. "If I don't speak this, I'll die! I've got to. It's so real. It' so right! Woe to me, if I don't."
If you don't have this kind of conviction this morning, cry out to God. Go after the edge! Approach your day with the same zeal Paul had every day: "If I don't stand up for Jesus today, if I don't live what I believe, it will eat me alive on the inside! I have got to share the truth!"
Source: Spiritual Shock Treatment by Ron Luce.
Excerpt permission granted by Albury Publishing