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August 2019


What is Your Passion?

What is your passion? What drives your day? What preoccupies your mind? Consumes you?

Well, everyone needs a passion. It’s what gives life to our life. Spring to our step. Enthusiasm to begin every new day. Joy to our countenance. 

I remember as a young boy developing a passion for stamp collecting. And then I found another passion: cycling. And then I added to that weight lifting. Finally, it was the girl. But after she broke my heart, and I became disillusioned with everything in this world. I then developed a new passion: a passion for truth. I wanted to know the truth; I mean real truth. Truth that matters. Spiritual truth, like why I am here in the first place and what is my higher purpose? 

But the truth is most people you meet have no passion at all. There is nothing that really stirs their souls. Nothing that drives them. The passion they once had in their youth, if they ever had any, is gone. Life is now a weariness and a drudge. The sad thing is that even among professed Christians, I find very little true passion. I have met people who aren’t Christians who are more passionate about the things of this world than we are about the things of God. 

Of all people, Christians should be the most passionate people on the face of the earth. After all they profess to have been saved from sin and death. They personally know the Author of life and He lives in their souls. They are Heaven bound and plan to spend eternity there. The grave is not the end. Jesus loves them and is their constant companion and friend. He leads and guides, comforts and heals, teaches and instructs, protects and delivers, and supplies their every need. What greater passion can there be except to know, love and follow Christ?

How is it with your soul today? What is your passion? Is it still the Lord Jesus Christ? Or have you lost your first love? How can you know if you have? What does such passion look like?

Let’s consider Jesus for a moment. He had only one passion in life. And this is an important point. You can only have one passion. You can have a lot of hobbies and interests, but you can only have one true passion.

What did Jesus say? “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13). Jesus is talking about passion here. You either have a passion for God or something else.

The Psalmist said in Psalm 27:4, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.”

And the Apostle Paul spoke of his single passion in life when he said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philipians 3:13,14).

Two scriptures come to my mind when I consider the passion of Jesus: Psalm 40:8 - “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart;” and John 4:34 - “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.”

One of the reasons Jesus came to this earth was to give us the same passion He had. Jesus came to give us joy. And the truth is you simply can’t have joy unless you have a passion. And what was the joy of Jesus? “I delight to do Thy will.” Doing the will of God. That was His passion. It’s what completely satisfied His being. This was His highest joy.

Jesus came to ignite a new passion in the hearts of men: a passion for doing the Father’s will. The same passion that He had. Loving God and loving one another that our joy may be full (see John 15:10-12). How many of you want that kind of joy in your souls? In our next newsletter we’ll explore the passion of Jesus more fully and discover how we can experience the same in our lives.

By Steve Peden, Project Director