If someone invited you to a party using these words; “The party will be dull, pretty much boring and very stale—you should come”—would you go? I think not.
How about relationship? What if a young man has interest in a young lady and when asking her to date him uses this line, “I really like you and want to date you, but first you must know—it will be a very dreary and lifeless relationship.” What girl, in her right mind, would date a guy with that personality and perspective?
What would be missing from such a relationship? Passion.
There are a couple of meanings to the word passion—the passion I’m referring to is the zest in life.
The opposite of passion is—mundane, routine, common, boring.
Passion causes people to go beyond normal—in life, relationships, work and play.
All my kids love and play extreme sports. Why play chess for a hobby when you have rock climbing or MMA? Hockey, dirt bike riding, white water rafting, kayaking, snowboarding, skateboarding and skydiving? They are passionate people and could never be satisfied with anything dull or commonplace.
Likewise we should press the limits on our Christianity. Always moving forward—insistent on loving and knowing God more—adamant in service—courageously sharing our faith—undaunted by culture and boldly exhibiting godly character. We are to be people who go beyond normal in everyday life—faith filled people who represent God—people consumed with passion!
When God created us He set passion inside of us. Just look at the young—who live with child-like wonder, excitement, and enthusiasm about everything they encounter.
Our relationship with God should be one of passion, where we crave His Holy Spirit, and His presence. A relationship packed with zeal and fervor—not mundane—birthed out of obligation.
Matthew 22:37 boldly states what is most important in life,
To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (NKJ)
Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. (MSG)
It takes passion to love God in this manner.
Many things steal passion—heartache, sickness, offense, doubt, disobedience, selfishness and busyness. Mainly the devil—he loves to usurp our passion, along with it he steals our faith. He is master at causing situations to arise where we question and doubt God’s goodness. It’s what he lives for.
Along with passion for God we must have passion for His Word. God’s Word amongst many things, is where we read about the greatest love story ever! Not only that—but in His Word is the secret to living life skillfully.
John 1:1 says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
If you love God and are in a relationship with Him—filled with His Spirit, then you also love His Word and are in relationship with it as well. We must diligently guard our passion for the Bible—the sneaky devil is expert at making the Word seem uninteresting and irrelevant.
Last but not least—another area where passion gets evaporated by the enemy is where church is concerned.
Psalm 69:9 says,
Passion for your house has consumed me
We should be passionate for our church—if we belong to God, then church is our house and we should passionately—with all our heart—not just out of duty—love to be there, serve there and be a part of what God is doing in our local church.
The reason the devil loves to steal passion for God’s house is the isolation factor—he isolates the weak and picks them off. He initiates grumbling, offense and disunity—which make church seem routine and pointless. Fact is—passionless church goers weaken the church.
We have to be intentional in protecting our passion. Making sure not to waste our affections on trivial things of this world.
What’s your passion level? Has the enemy seized your passion for God, His Word and His house?
An incredible attribute of God is his loving-kindness. He will never be content with allowing the devil to steal from His people! He has made a way for each of us, by His grace, to take back what the puny devil steals. It will take an act of our strong self-will, but after that it’s a cake-walk.
We must simply use our will, to turn to God—access grace, confess our passionlessness and lean into His great and awesome love. With an open embrace He welcomes us—here we exchange our dryness for a greater thirst.
Please be encouraged to ask God for more passion—and it will be yours!