Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Building 429 – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”
We were touring like crazy and played a show in Canada. Afterwards, I had to drive through the night to Ottawa with no sleep after four shows, fly from Canada to Miami to Haiti for three days, then fly straight back out to the road and play a bunch more shows. I was exhausted. I’d already been to Haiti twice before and the last time I was in Haiti, was a huge disaster. There was an uprising and we got stuck for a couple of weeks. We were hiding in a closet in a house for several days. I DID NOT want to go back to Haiti. I’ve seen the worst there is there. I was on the plane and was nodding off when I heard the lyrics of ‘Set a Fire.’ It was just a demo at that time. It hit me like a ton of bricks that the reason I was going back to Haiti is God needed to set my heart afire again. He needed to reignite the passion in my heart for those who were hurting. I was so busy running my own life and taking care of things that needed to get done, but I had lost the fire and the desire to be a voice for those out there. I was so busy being a voice that I had forgotten to BE THE HEART.
I had forgotten why I do what I do. I had become so indoctrinated into the pattern of doing the work that I let doing the work be the ENDS not the MEANS. The work is good, but it’s just the MEANS by which we reach the ENDS of sharing the truth of JESUS CHRIST, the One who’s come to save the world.
Have you been there? Are you there today? Stop. Pray. Ask the Lord to begin to open your eyes to the ways that you’ve been so busy working that you’ve missed out on being a part of SETTING THE CAPTIVES FREE!
I sometimes feel like this when writing a new article. I forget to be the heart and not the voice. This is hard to remember sometimes when you write so much. Same can be said for pastors, as I am sure they encounter the same issue. Being on fire all the time causes burn out. Sometimes I just need to take a break. The best way I can relate is by using the game Burnout 3 as a reference. Using boost is awesome and you pretty much destroy the game by using it. However, even boost runs out and you need to take a rest or hit the brakes. You can’t boost 24/7.