Igniting Your Spiritual Passion

Passion for God

What will happen if you don’t have passion

What is life without passion?

A person with limited enthusiasm has no desire to accomplish extra-ordinary things. He get up, go to a job he doesn’t like,  come home and watch a few hours of TV, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day.  If you don’t have passion you’re going to be bored and unproductive.

According to World Health Organization, about 5,000 people commit suicide all over the world every single day. This is one suicide incident every 40 seconds, comparatively higher than conflicts and natural catastrophes. It has been observed that suicide is correlated with absence of passion. People without passion  is susceptible to depression and find no purpose  or meaning in life.

I really believe that if you want to be happy, you’ve got to have passion. Passion brings joy and fulfillment  as Christians.

Passion produces the best quality of work

The creative force behind all great art, drama, music, architecture, and writing is passion. A great car design means there must be a passionate car designer. An elegant or sophisticated dress means there must be passionate fashion designer. Passion produce the best result! Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion.

Passion is what energizes life. When there is no passion in teaching, it becomes boring, monotonous, routine, and dull.  You cannot make a big difference in students’ lives when you don’t have passion for teaching. Passion is what takes a good athlete and turns him or her into a great athlete where they’re breaking records.

Passion exceeds expectation

In 1940’s, a popular opinion says nobody could break  a 4:01 mile record in marathon. This record stood for nine years. They said the human body was simply not capable of a 4-minute mile.  It wasn’t just dangerous; it was impossible.  Perhaps the human body had reached its limit. However,  Roger Bannister is a clear example of a person who demonstrates passion in marathon.

On May 6, 1954, he broke the 4-minute barrier, running the distance in 3:59.4.  As part of his training, he relentlessly visualized the achievement in order to create a sense of certainty in his mind and body. After this, 24 athlete  broke the record because they have the passion to run and they have exceeded expectation  because of passion.

What about passion for God?

Sad to say, passion about God in our culture seems obsolete. I mean today, it seems it’s OK to be passionate about anything except God. I can be passionate about movies, sports, politics, and clothes except God.

WHY HAVE YOU LOST PASSION FOR GOD

1. Not prioritizing God  first

Jack Ma is one of the successful entrepreneur in the world. However, a reporter asked him: “What is your greatest regret in life?” Do you know what Jack Ma has said?

He said, “When I didn’t spend much time with my family. My wife told me, “you didn’t marry me…You married Alibaba group.”  An unbalanced schedule can distract you from growing in Christ. Therefore, seek God first above all things (Matthew 6:33).

2. Not cultivating your God-given talents

What is your talent or core gift? Don’t worry if you have a small talent because God will multiply them when you use them. Studies have shown that 70 percent of all Americans are in a job that does not use their talents. If you’re in a job right now that uses only 30-40 percent of your talent that’s going to give you boredom in the workplace. And boredom kills passion and creativity.

An unused talent will cause you to lose your passion for life and your passion for God. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10). Bo Sanchez has emphasized  using core gifts in 100-10-20-70 Abundance Formula.

3. An unresolved conflict with people

Conflict certainly drains your passion and zest in life.  Therefore, you need to protect yourself from the three passion killing emotions such as resentment, jealousy and prolonged anger.

Remember to be humble and proactive specially in the workplace. Dr. Benjamin Carson in his book Think Big have emphasized the effect of conflict in the workplace. To be more happy and productive, he made friends with everyone–from hospital janitor to nurses to fellow physicians up to the president at John Hopkins.

4. An unclear purpose 

Passion and purpose go together. What is the purpose of your life in the workplace or your business? Life without purpose is activity without direction which could lead you somewhere else. It’s motion without meaning. When you have a clear purpose it’s going to give you a lot of passion. But it’s got to be God’s purposes for your life.

5. Being spiritually tired 

The reason why many church members are leaving the church it’s because they don’t have the passion anymore. They must be tired and  weary. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

HOW TO RESTORE PASSION FOR GOD

1. Self-examination and search your heart

Ellen White says, Self-examination  is a strict investigation of our spiritual state, to know whether we are in the faith, to know our defects that we may overcome them, and the improvements that we make, that we may be encouraged thereby.

Any effort to achieve righteousness apart from Christ is worthless. Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. (2 Corinthians 13:5)

2. Sitting at the feet of Jesus 

Remember Mary and Martha? Martha is distracted and preoccupied with so many things in the kitchen while Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His word. If you want to die spiritually, do not read the Bible. However, if you want to be spiritually nourished, you need to sit at the feet of Jesus by reading the Word of God.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalms 119:105).  The movie Hacksaw Ridge movie is a great illustration of a man who is constantly reading the Bible.

3. Cultivating spiritual affections through prayer and witnessing.

When Dwight L. Moody was in London during one of his famous evangelistic tours, several British clergymen visited him. They wanted to know how and why this poorly educated American was so effective in winning people to Christ.  Moody took the three men to the window of his hotel room and asked each in turn what he saw. One by one, the men described the people in the park below. Then Moody looked out the window with tears rolling down his cheeks. “What do you see, Mr. Moody?” asked one of the men.

“I see countless thousands of souls that will one day spend eternity in hell if they do not find the Savior.” Obviously, D. L. Moody saw people differently than the average observer does. And because he saw eternal souls where others saw only people strolling in a park, Moody approached life with a different agenda. Our desire for God should rise above all other desires. When we develop spiritual affections through prayer and witnessing, serving God becomes a passion instead of a duty.

4. Increasing appreciation of God’s goodness 

It’s difficult to associate with people who are constantly complaining because it can kills the spirit of gratitude and [passion to serve God. Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever (Psalm 136:1). We should pray for God to help us to be more grateful as gratitude rekindles passion for God.

5. Remember what God has done to you in the past

When you begin to forget what God has done to you in the past, your spiritually passion will diminish and eventually die. Israelites have been reminded how God protected them in the wilderness. For instance, the pillar of fire and clouds were the indication of God’s divine manifestation.

When I recall what God has done for me in the past, I couldn’t stop praising him. From taking care of my mother who has an illness, to being a working student when I was in college and providing me a job until today, and giving me a wonderful spouse and loving children– reminds me about special evidence of God’s love and care (Psalms 143:5).

Conclusion 

Remember the passion you had for the Lord when you first gave your life to God? Remember the excitement and the enthusiasm you felt? A Christian life without passion is like a river without water. Passion energizes the Christian life.

It was passion to follow Jesus that makes Peter to step out of the boat. It was passion that makes Noah  to preach the Word of God before the flood. It was passion to serve God that makes Paul to do missionary work in many churches. God has always the passion to save you. Do you have the passion to follow him?

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalms 73:26, NIV

 

Richly blessed,

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