Do you recall the last time you were passionate or enthusiastic about something or someone? There is a joy, an excitement that takes on a life of its own and drives us forward whenever we become passionate. Jerry Lewis is passionate about raising money for “Jerry’s kids” and about finding a cure for muscular dystrophy. Mother Theresa was passionate about helping the dying and unwanted. Lance Armstrong has been passionate about bicycle racing. The Reverend Billy Graham and his ministry are passionate about evangelism and about sharing the Good News.
People, who are passionate, usually experience an intense, driving, overmastering conviction that generates a strong liking or overwhelming desire for or devotion to some activity, concept, object or person. Whatever they are passionate about is a central and overruling theme to their lives and usually generates an energy and excitement that is the fuel of all their pursuits. Evidence of this passion can be seen all around them.
As Christians we are to be passionate about our God. God created us to love – first to love God and second to love others. We are instructed in both the Old and New Testaments to love God with all our heart, all our soul and our entire mind. Passionate people embrace their passion with all their being and as Christians we are to embrace God, God’s teachings, and His work passionately with all our being. Evidence of our passion for God is to permeate all areas of our life.
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit within us we are able to love with all our heart, all our soul, and our entire mind. When God is in us in the form of the Holy Spirit, He is the source of our passion and our enthusiasm, the very essence of our love for God and others that grows stronger as we grow in our relationship with Christ. It is the Holy Spirit, our never-ending source of passion, which changes us from being one who is simply seeking to be obedient to God’s instruction, into being a person who has an intense, driving and overmastering conviction and devotion to loving God and others with a passion that is evident in lives.
But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5
Holy God, many times it is easy for us to become passionate about things of this earth – our jobs, our families, and material pursuits. Our natural man so easily turns to other people and material treasures. Often times, we place our relationship with You “on the back burner” and fail to realize that the source of all that truly matters in our lives is found in You. We praise you Lord for providing us the Holy Spirit to fill us with a passion for living a life of service and devotion to You.
In Jesus’ name,