Passion is one of those words that encompasses many aspects. It can go either way. In one context, it could be really good and in another, it can be really bad. Depending on the person, it can be undefiled or downright wretched.
Passion itself isn’t wrong. God is a God of passion. He had a passion to create us. He has a passion for fellowship with us. He has a passion for us to be saved, whole and free.
Now, I have all kinds of passions. I live in the South. So of course I have a passion for food. I have a passion for Jesus, the Gospel, missions, mentoring, friendship, traveling and working out. I’m passionate about coffee and movies and dancing and singing. This is my short list! I could go on and on.
All of these passions of mine, as good as they are, mean nothing unless Christ is at the center of it all. I have come to decide that I want to have right passions for the right things. I want to be passionate about the things the Lord is passionate about.
Passion for making disciples.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…” Matthew 28:19
We are to have a deep passion to see the lost found. But this kind of passion takes some effort on our part. The very first word of this verse is the word ‘go’. Passion for making disciples doesn’t happen over night. It takes prayer and desire. Beyond that, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that strengthens that desire to have the passion.
This passion requires us to be selfless, generous, compassionate and a servant. It requires us to be the least and die to self. None of those come to me naturally.
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