But if I say, "I will not mention his word or speak anymore 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 - Jeremiah 20:9 NIV
Trey is our oldest son and when he was born, we noticed a strange phenomenon that occurred whenever we would feed him. About 30 minutes after he had eaten, he would vomit all of his meal. This wasn't a normal type of vomit (stay with me here, I know it sounds disgusting, but there's a reason for this, trust me). It was a projectile type of vomit that would travel across the room. No matter what we did to try to keep the food down, it would come back up at some point. We knew this wasn't normal, so we took him to his doctor and he was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis at the age of 8 days. The doctor told us this was rare to have it diagnosed in someone so young (I knew our son was special).
How many of us have something that is within us that is struggling to get out? Are we suppressing our talents and calling because of something that's holding us back like fear? Will that calling or talent that we are holding back eventually force it way out like the meals that my infant son consumed? Whatever it is, the longer that you keep it hidden, the worse that you will feel and the more miserable you will become. At some point, it starts to affect those around you. Trust me folks, I have been there and it's not a good place to be.
Jeremiah knew this feeling all to well. In the earlier verses, Jeremiah had experienced insult and ridicule. If he would have had his way, he would have withdrawn from the responsibility and remained silent. However, this was not to be. God was involved and the Word burnt like fire within him, and would not be restrained. The only way that the burning feeling could be quenched was for him to bring the Word. For those of you that are sitting on your talents, the only way for you to gain satisfaction and quench that burning desire within you is to let it out like Jeremiah! The same way that Jeremiah was obligated to speak in the name of the Lord, so are you obligated to fulfill your calling as God has intended.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.