A Yearning Desire and a Burning Fire
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Desire is the first step toward winning souls, building up the body of Christ and doing the will of God in our own lives. There is fire in desire. Merely “wishing” will not get the job done. It takes a yearning desire (a craving, longing for, and seeking after what we want with our whole being). When God’s people “sought him with their whole desire” then “he was found of them” (2 Chron. 15:15, KJV). David was a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Why? It was because he desired the presence of the Lord. He wrote, “One thing I have desired of the Lord…that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Ps. 27:4). The “desire of our soul” must be for God (Isa. 26:8). His “words are more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold” (Ps. 19:10). We must “desire the pure milk of the word” (1 Peter 2:1). And when our relationship with Him is as it should be, based on what He has taught us in His word, He will create in us a burning fire for the salvation of others. He will help us to fulfill His will for our lives if that is truly the yearning desire in our hearts. Listen to the prophet Jeremiah,
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a BURNING FIRE Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not (Jer. 20:9).
Consider also the following verse:
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the DESIRES of your heart (Ps. 37:3-4).
When we have a yearning desire in our hearts for His word, it will create a burning fire in our hearts for His work.
Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).