“learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17.
The church was once the workshop for the greatest art the world has ever known. Wander through an ancient cathedral. Rest in front of a Renaissance painting. Listen to a 19th century hymn. All of these are amazing feats of art inspired from a passion to lead creation toward its Creator. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion.
Passion is what energizes life. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do something with my life today.” Without passion life becomes routine, even dull. We all need passion in our lives. The question is what are we passionate about? And secondly, is what we are passionate about going to leave a legacy?
In Matthew 22: 35, a lawyer poses a question to Jesus. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” We have talked about the great commandment many times. Jesus said in verse 37 (MSG): “Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’” God is saying I want you to put some muscle into it, put some energy, put some emotion into your relationship with Me. Don’t be half-hearted. If we’re going to follow Jesus, we want you to live passionately.”
Romans 12:1 says, ”Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor.” Notice the word “keep.” It is not automatic, it is a choice. It has nothing to do with either your personality or your age. There are people who have been Christians a very long time that are passionate and there are new Christians equally as passionate. What most passionate Christians have in common is an intense desire to serve others and to serve God.
It is one thing to talk about serving others and it is another thing to take action. Passion equates into action. This year let me encourage you to define your goals for the year. Because goals convert vision into energy. The first thing to do is be specific. Rather than say that you want to serve, say you want to serve in the Kids programs on the Friday Easter services.
There is a quote that goes something like this: We are dying when we have nothing worth living for. And we don’t really start living until we find something worth dying for.
- What is one need that you are personally passionate about meeting in people?
- What are some of the common passions that we share in helping the community around us?
- What are your abilities and gifts that could help make a difference in the lives of people around you?
- Where do you have experience in helping to make a difference in people’s lives?