Passion. Its come up a few times recently and it weirdly connects to a lot of other things that tie into what I have been dealing with/seeing lately.
The Dictionary describes passion as this –
Passion: strong and barely controllable emotion.
Now to me, passion almost scares me. I mean, we live in a world that says control all your emotions and never be too bold. We aren’t allowed to step on the toes of others. We are told to speak what we believe in and thats all that matters. When it comes down too it though, we are often silenced when that belief is different than another person’s.
I have fallen into that trap. We live in a world where very very few people have true passion. I mean sure, many people LIKE things. They even are motivated by them. Are they really passionate about it though? When they are does it last a lifetime or just a moment in time? I know lots of people who have been passionate about selling something… until the next new trend comes along and their past passion is irrelevant.
When thinking about what my passion is this week I only got one answer. Because you see, passion has another description in the dictionary.
Passion: the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death
Thats right. Passion, is also Jesus suffering for ME. So when I am finding passion. He is my only passion. He suffered so I could have life.
That also means that passion is not easy. Passion is suffering. Its a love and devotion so strong you are willing to die for it. You are willing to be persecuted. You are willing to not be of this world. You are willing to not be the “hottest” thing but the right thing.
I wake up each morning with a hope and a promise. I have eternal life in Christ. I have a God who loves me so much he gave his son to suffer and die for me. Why am I not having a passion to share that? Why do I let others around me who I love be condemned to life apart from their greatest love and creator?
Its hard in this world and only gets harder every day. So many people are just going to shoot you down because of the bad acts of others. Or they get a false view of God and his love.
Even once so called “famous” christians like Jen Hatmaker, Rob Bell, and many more are suddenly not listening to God anymore and his word. They are slow fading into the worlds ever changing passion. Not the passion for saving others for Christ. They are claiming things about what God says that aren’t true at all. Making it even harder to help people understand what is true and real.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1 John 4: 1-6 NKJV
I want this year to be a starting point that I never turn back from. A year of passion for the world and those who live in it. A year that will start a lifetime. I am done waiting for “the someday I can make a difference”. Its RIGHT NOW. We are never guaranteed another day so be passionate now. No matter how old or young you are you can do it now. You can lead the people back to God. You can help them find their greatest love.
I know it will be hard. This world and the bible guarantees that. I don’t want to stand before God and be asked “but why didn’t you save my people when I saved you?”. It starts with the people closest to me. It starts with the ones who know and need a reminder of whats true. It starts… with passion.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
I will not be ashamed of what my God has done for me. I will not fear the loss of friends over it. I will only trust in Him who has saved me. I will trust in the promise he has for ALL people. I will love without reservations (because love does not equal acceptance of sins). I will act on my passion.
better is open rebuke than hidden love. – Proverbs 27:5
The truth will set you free. The passion will ignite in you if you seek it. Let us not be a luke warm slow fading world of believers in Christ. Let us be on fire passionate beings living to save the world.
1-3 Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous.
3-8 It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this.
8-11 I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with him. It’s obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.
Titus 3: 1-11 The Message
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3: 12-17 NKJV
Stay tuned for a second post on this.. taking a realization of needing passion… to being passionate and ridding yourself of the world for Christ.