“Jesus answered him, “The most important of all the commandments is this: ‘The Lord Yahweh, our God, is one!’ You are to love the Lord Yahweh, your God, with a passionate heart, from the depths of your soul, with your every thought, and with all your strength. This is the great and supreme commandment.” – Mark 12:29-30 (TPT)
Passion is very chic in our contemporary culture. People are naturally interested in what you are truly passionate about. Passion is what motivates us to do the things we love. What is it that really gets your heart racing? What is it that makes you excited to get up each day?
It could be a certain ideology, social cause, or politics. Perhaps it’s a passion about the theater, movies, or music. Or It could be making starting a business, physical fitness, or watching college football. Today, Christians can be defined by any number of things. What should define a Christian is their personal and enthusiastic pursuit of and passion for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Enthusiasm or passion isn’t passive. Being passionate about something means you’re going to do something about it. Passion results in action. Passion and enthusiasm enable us to make choices that strengthen our close friendship with our heavenly Father. As you develop a closer relationship with God, your passion will grow, and as it does, making changes in your life will naturally follow.
But do we truly believe that the key to abundant life is the passionate pursuit of Jesus? Because if we truly believed that the key to abundant life was passionately pursuing Jesus, our lives would most likely be dramatically different. Our lives would be simpler, more joyful, more peaceful, and more like the life of Jesus.
Jesus’ life on this earth was the ultimate picture of the passionate life. He embraced children, delighted in doing the will of the Father, healed the sick, loved the lost, helped the marginalized, and gave His all so “…that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)
Proverbs 8:30 says, “I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence.” When we love Jesus Christ with passion and enthusiasm, our hearts change, we change—we can then love others as Jesus commanded. God will do His part to increase your passion, but He also expects you to do your part. When you have a quiet time set aside to pray and to study God’s word, you are taking the first step toward seeing your passion and enthusiasm increase.
Jesus reminds us that when you give your heart to God, you want to maintain that passion and love Him with all your heart. So, how are your enthusiasm and passion? God is filled with so much passion for us that He deserves nothing less than whole-hearted passion from us.
- Are you filled with passion running your race? What captures your passion?