Passion…the ‘zest’ in life, the energy behind what we do, the ‘umph’ to get us up and pursuing something when it’s not convenient.
If you have Passion for something, you will ‘go after it‘. You will dedicate yourself to pursuing it.
Oftentimes, our ‘passions’ are for things like goals–a degree, a level of income, an athletic accomplishment, a diet, etc.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines “Passion” this way: “Any kind of feeling by which the mind is powerfully effected or moved; a vehement, commanding, or overpowering emotion”.
So, let me ask you: What are you ‘passionate’ for?
I, for one, want to be most “Passionate” for Jesus.
Around KCC, I have talked for a few years about developing a mindset in which we “Passionately, Relentlessly pursue and ever-deepening relationship with God”.
Sounds good! Many churchgoers would sign on to that…no matter what church they go to.
So...why do so few of us ever get anywhere near this goal? Why do we find our ‘success’ so sporadic and hard to maintain?
I think there are several reasons: Distractions from the ‘stuff’ of this world; a ‘Religious’ mindset which attempts to convince us that ‘passion for God’ is too emotional and therefore, overrated; and, of course, our spiritual enemy, the devil who is the thief, who comes to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ everything that God wants to do within His children.
Fortunately, we are not powerless in this. Passion for God can be developed, and in fact, it is something God wants to stir within His children–without doubt!
So, how about it: Do you have ‘Passion’ for God? Is your faith in Jesus driving you to ‘hunger and thirst’ for Him more?
As the Psalmist wrote,
“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)
Do you have ‘thirst’ for God–do you ever feel ‘parched’ for a fresh connection with Him?
There are few things better than a cool drink of water (with a squeeze of lemon, perhaps) after a long run, or working hard in the yard, or a game of basketball in the driveway. But think about it: Part of the reason that drink satisfies is because we know we’re thirsty!
Our bodies, our brains…everything…is telling us that we need refreshment!
I believe that, for many of us, the Holy Spirit is telling us the same thing: We NEED refreshment in our faith!
We need a fresh ‘filling’ of the Holy Spirit, and we need to ‘drink in’ our faith in the Lord again.
Are you thirsty for Him?
The Apostle Paul prayed this for the Ephesians:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3: 16-19)
This desire to “know this love that surpasses knowledge” and being “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”, is still my prayer…for myself, for my family, for our church, and for all believers.
I absolutely believe that the Lord still wants that as part of the “Full Life” that Jesus came to give His followers (John 10:10).
So, don’t move too quickly from that question: Are You ‘thirsty’ for Him? Do you have a ‘passion’ for Him? Are you ‘relentlessly pursuing an ever-deepening relationship’ with Him?
If not, don’t rationalize it, don’t excuse it away.
Instead, realize that maybe–just maybe–you’ve developed passion for the wrong stuff!
Ask Him to begin stirring up a passion to know Him more within your heart.
He certainly wants to…but He won’t force it on you. He awaits your request.
Join me as I seek Him more!