“Emotion, dedication and priority channeled towards a person or cause.”
“Passion” is one of those words that has been hijacked and degraded by the secular world. The world would have the Church sit quietly in the background, watching silently as words are redefined by those without a moral compass. Passion is more than simply the fuel for romance. Great accomplishments are without a doubt born out of the momentum brought by great passion.
When we document great accomplishments made by passionate people, we generally refer to great financial success stories. While that demonstrates the power of passion, I would rather focus our thoughts in a different direction: spiritual passion. David once spoke of
“a new song in his mouth, even praise to our God; and many shall see it, and fear, and trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3)
Notice that passion bubbles over. David was careful to write that people will not just hear his song, but see it as well. They will not only hear the words, but see his passion as well. They will see in David a transformation taking place, accelerated by his passionate cooperation in the process.
We cannot continue to sit in lifeless churches avoiding God’s call to be “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). Many believe that the Church of today is represented in the Book of Revelation as the Church of Laodicea. This church was condemned in no uncertain terms as “lukewarm”. John didn’t stop there. He concludes that their lack of passion leaves them fooling themselves. They think they need nothing, yet God views them as “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
Remember that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks upon the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). What does he see when he takes your temperature? Are you lukewarm, or a Christian on fire for God? Take a moment to ask God to light the fire within you, that you might become all you are capable of as a believer. You can and will make a difference in the lives of others.