Anyone who knows me can tell you I have a passion for coffee. I love it. I love smelling it. Drinking it. Holding a cup of it in my hand. I love coffee! But my passion for coffee is laughable compared to biblical standards of passion.
On Sunday a guest visited our church, located in central Kentucky, and preached a wonderful sermon out of the New Testament book of Philippians. He opened with this question,
“What are you passionate about?”
Maybe you’re not passionate about coffee like I am, but I’m sure you have a passion. Maybe it’s your job. Maybe you’re passionate about your children or spouse. Maybe you’re passionate about your parakeet or underwater basket weaving, I don’t know! But I am sure you are passionate about something.
We learned on Sunday that God directs our passions. Paul, who wrote the book of Philippians, is a wonderful example of what our lives will look like when our passions are Christ-directed.
Paul was humble in his passion. Even from the introductory remarks of his letter, Paul gives total renown to Jesus calling himself a servant – or in other translations, slave – of the Lord (Philippians 1:1). Paul is also holistic in his passion for Christ.
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Admittedly, sometimes our lives seem a bit dispassionate. So what do we do? Pray. Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir up holy, godly passion for the things of God. And place yourself in those situations where God will work to move your heart to worship.
If you’re lacking godly passion, perhaps you will find the fellowship of other believers encouraging. You are very welcome to visit the congregation at Grace Community Church, serving Berea, Kentucky and surrounding areas.
What about you? What do your passions look like?