Every Day Life
Thursday, September 9, 2021
”I want to know Christ.” Philippians 3:10 NLT
My thoughts today are about,
“a passion for God.”
Life is best lived with optimism, enthusiasm, clarity, and especially, passion. Where passion recedes, even the best of marriages weakens. When enthusiasm fades, achievement diminishes. When friendship loses its luster, time and activity together are lesser priorities.
When our priority of spiritual life drifts elsewhere, the resulting decline is evident. When attention is distracted, changes happen in the smallest of ways without intent or notice. Passions become misplaced as they are allowed to diminish.
By the loving conviction of the Holy Spirit, you and I are challenged to prioritize daily time for fellowship with God. Such a holy passion is not normal to our fallen nature, nor easy to sustain in the surrounding culture. A sustained spiritual passion is the only way you will truly know God in a depth of experience that transforms your daily life.
Why wouldn’t anyone choose to stay unashamedly passionate about Jesus? You must remain spiritually diligent or your hunger to know and serve Jesus will diminish. Let’s explore a Biblical example.
”As Jesus and His disciples came to a village where Martha opened her home to Him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said.” Luke 10:38 NIV. Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. Mary welcomed Jesus into her heart. There is a vast distance between those.
As we often do whenever fellowship with Jesus lessens, Martha busied herself with, “good works”. Religious efforts never substitute for personal devotion to Jesus. Martha busied herself for Jesus. Mary occupied herself with Jesus. Mary savored Jesus’ company and delighted in His presence. Jesus praised Mary’s priority but corrected Martha’s distraction.
Jesus cautioned the church of Laodicea. He would prefer they were, “either hot or cold.” Lukewarm was and remains unacceptable. Dispassionate is never an option for any follower of Jesus.
How could this have happened to these loving, Christ-followers in contrast to what had previously been true of them? Their passion waned exactly because they envisioned themselves as, “rich and increased with goods, having need of nothing.” Foolishly, they had become self-satisfied.
Jesus praised the Church at Ephesus for their zeal for matters of righteousness, but judged their diminished passion for God. “You have left your first love . . you do not love Me as you did at first.” With tragic result, that can happen more easily than you know and more quickly than you realize.
By commandment, Jesus established that wholehearted love for God is non-negotiable. Your supreme love for God must be, “with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30. Jesus’ words are all-inclusive. Love God with everything you are, and everything you have, and in every area of your time, personal resources, and abilities. As a young man, I recall fervently singing, “All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give. I will always love and serve Him.” I will sing it still.
Lesser passions competed for my focus and energies when I was younger. As I have grown older, my marriage, family, friendships, and ministry have owned more of my loyalties and time. But the great and holy passion of my life was, and remains, ”I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.” Philippians 3:10 NLT.
Tears flow as I write those words. They were true as a young Bible College student and remain so for my life today.
My prayer for you is to live with passion and purpose for Jesus.
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