Passion

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Do you have a passion for your faith?

Passion: n. Strong and barely controllable emotion.

It’s an often-used word.  We hear terms used on a regular basis such as “Hate with a passion”, “Music is my passion”– but do we ever say or hear “I’m passionate about my faith”?  If you love something, you should be passionate about it.  When you love someone, and show them that you love them– that is what the passionate part of love is.  A “strong emotion”.. something that you can barely control.  Are we really passionate about our Christianity?  What about Christ himself?  Jesus showed passion for we as sinners when He died for our sins on the cross.  That is the most passion ever shown by anyone who has ever walked upon the earth.  We should be willing to give our all, and have a passionate love for the Saviour.  Ron Hamilton {AKA – Patch the Pirate of Majesty Music} got it right when he wrote the tremendous lyrics to “A Passion for Thee”:

Set my heart, O dear Father, 
On Thee, and Thee only,
Give me a thirst for Thy presence divine.
Lord, keep my focus on loving Thee wholly,
Purge me from earth; Turn my heart after Thine.

Father fill with Thy Spirit, and fit me for service,
Let love for Christ every motive inspire,
Teach me to follow in selfless submission,
Be Thou my joy and my soul’s one desire.

A passion for Thee; 
O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God.
Hear Thou my prayer, Lord, Thy power impart. 
Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart. 

Such deep and meaningful words, right?  This should be our prayer– to have a Passion for God, and to love Him with all that is within us.

Not only should we have a passion for loving God, but also a passion for serving God.  Here is a little self-check for we as Christians:

How often do we witness?

How much time do we spend in His Word?

How often do we pray? 

How many ministries are we involved in at church? {Compared to how many ministries are available to us} 

How’d you do?  Satisfied with yourself?  If you are, then you don’t get it.  How can we be satisfied with our life when Jesus gave His life for the cause we are trusting in?  We are sinners, and if it wasn’t for the grace and mercy of Christ, we’d be in Hell right now.  Come to the realization that living for Christ should not be a favor for Him.  He is the one who did us a favor.  The least we could do is have a passion for a holy, perfect, gracious, and merciful God.  After all, He had a passionate love for us, and we are nothing but filthy sinners without Him.  Serving God should be a priority for us, and should not be a burden.  If serving Jesus is a problem for us, then we need to check up on what we are in this for.  Think:  Why do I serve God with my life?  Is it for a pat on the back, or maybe even a paycheck?  Decide for yourself.  My biggest fear is to be surrounded by a generation that knows nothing of the passion that Christ has for us, or the passion that we should have for Him.  Make a difference!  Be bold, and make people wonder what’s so different about you.  If we are the Christians that we should be, we will stand out in such a way that people will be asking about our faith.  Be a witness not only with your lips, but with your actions.

With those things said above, one of the most important parts of this post is this:  Be all in.  If you’re gonna be passionate, then BE PASSIONATE.  We can’t just be a Child of God on Sundays.  Be a constant Christian– witness daily, read daily, pray daily.  Monday-Saturday should not be a Christian’s “day of rest”.  Be a “full-time Christian”, because whenever you call on God, He’s never taking a break.  Why are we as saved people constantly complaining about our lifestyle and duties?  We are on God’s side– the winning side!  I cannot express to you enough about how important it is to be all in.  When your faith is getting weak, just look around you– the sun didn’t just appear, God put it there.  It hasn’t burnt out, and it hasn’t forgotten to shine.  Serving God shouldn’t be a burden for us, it should be a blessing.

So as I close, I will ask once again:

Do you have a passion for your faith?

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