Tuesday, November 25 2008
Passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. It is a willingness to do what needs to be done and a desire to reach peaks not yet climbed. It is a faithfulness that is created by knowing, understanding and believing the promises of God.
Our passion to reach the lost should be a driving force behind our actions. 1 Peter 1:18 states ... if the righteous scarcely be saved, then what separates those that are and are not saved. Could it be passion? Could it be a willingness to sacrifice when nobody else does, or preach the gospel when it is not popular? Acts 20:31 states...
Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
If we are to reach the lost of our community, there has to be a fire within us that burns with a passion for those without hope and direction. Jeremiah 20:9 states...
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
The passion for Jesus Christ must be reflected in our prayer lives, giving and faithfulness. Our actions must reveal the passion that we have for Jesus simply because it may be the difference between heaven and hell.
I realize that the preaching of sin and hell is somewhat taboo among all Christian groups including Pentecostals. I find this sad because it is the passionate preached Word that convicts and changes. The Psalmist wrote...
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
It may be old time religion, but it is relevant to the world today. We need to work, teach and preach with passion so that a world without direction can have a relationship with Jesus Christ.