Have you struggled with the will of God for your life? Are you asking the hard question: ” What is it You want me to do?” I have spent much time asking this question and have found throughout the years the answer has been the same – I must speak about God. I’ve felt this urge, this burning, from a very early age and it has only become stronger as I’ve become older. Did I become a preacher? Not in the traditional sense of the word, but I do preach throughout my day. Wherever I am I find I’m talking about God. It’s a burning within that I’ve never really understood, but I MUST talk about Jesus.
I was reading through my devotional based upon Max Lucado’s writings (thanks again, friend!) and this one spoke to me, of my burning within:
My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart. ~Psalm 40:8
Want to know God’s will for your life? Then answer this question: What ignites your heart? Forgotten orphans? Untouched nations? The inner city? The outer limits?
Heed the fire within!
Do you have a passion to sing? Then sing! Are you stirred to manage? Then manage! Do you ache for the ill? Then treat them! Do you hurt for the lost? Then teach them!
As a young man I felt the call to preach. Unsure if I was correct in my reading of God’s will for me, I sought the counsel of a minister I admired. His counsel still rings true. “Don’t preach,” he said, “unless you have to.”
As I pondered his words I found my answer: “I have to. If I don’t, the fire will consume me.”
What is the fire that consumes you?
~taken from Lucado’s book, The Great House of God
My question is the same, what burns inside you?