08 Nov Don’t Lose Your Passion
The dictionary defines passion as “a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or a compelling desire for someone or something”. The most famous example of passion is the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with His triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ending with His crucifixion on the cross. God’s intense and unfailing love for us took Him all the way to suffering and death. Hence the reason why Mel Gibson called his movie “ The Passion Of The Christ” – willingness to suffer for what you love.
How passionate are you about your relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you willing to suffer or sacrifice other activities to give more to your relationship with Christ and the things of God? The willingness to strive for the cause of Christ, making His kingdom a priority in your life, will enable you to ascertain what you are really passionate about.
Currently, we live in a world where there are several things vying for our attention and time; many voices draw us into a world system of living selfishly, solely focused on our own goals. The kingdom of God and its values can be shoved to second, third or the last place in our lives. Jesus addressed these issues in His parables, warning us of not becoming unresponsive, apathetic or unmoved by the things of God.
Jesus taught on the importance of what we hear and how we hear. The entrance to your heart is through your ear and eye gates. He warned us of the process of getting a cold heart, a heart that is not moved by the things of God or the Spirit. In His teaching on parables, He said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” ( Matthew 13:9). The word ‘hear’ is used 19 times in the teaching! This is important and highlights the importance of what we hear and how we hear. This impacts on our heart and ultimately our passion. Life flows out of the heart.
What you see and hear gets to your heart and it can produce a heart that is cold, especially if what you are listening to are not faith filled words. The bible describes cold hearts as ones that have “grown dull.” A heart that is dull and cold is not actively seeking after God, His kingdom and doing the acts of the kingdom, like sharing the gospel that you have come to receive. This also produces hopelessness in life, especially if we focus our attention on the news in the world and all the negative things happening around us.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God. This will also fuel your passion and keep you going. I want to encourage you to stay focused on the word of God and away from things that can distract you. Sometimes legitimate things and activities of importance can also cause you to lose your focus on the main thing: the kingdom of God
Living passionately is living an intentional life, where you allow the life of Christ in you to take pre-eminence in all you do – your decision making and how you use your time and energy.
Start with attending to the word of God, making it a priority to hear the word on a regular basis. De-clutter your life by shedding anything that gets in the way, slowing you down in your relationship with Christ. In prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any areas of your life that need to be re- ordered or re- prioritised.
Seize every waking moment and allow the passion in your heart to be released.
Remember Jesus loves you and there is nothing you can do about it.
Further Study And Reflection
1 Corinthians 6:12