Do you know how to figure out what your passion is? Answer this question honestly.
What is the one thing you think MOST about? What consumes your thoughts during your free time? What is the thing that most often pops into your head as you are just waking up?
- Your boyfriend or husband
- Wanting a boyfriend or husband (LOL)
- Your job, coworkers, awards, promotions
- Next vacation
- Wanting a vacation
- Food! Yum
- Movie stars
So much to think about in this day and age. None of those things are bad, either. But what gets you excited? What is your focus?
There's a story about a man who went to his pastor and asked him "How can I live a blessed life?" The pastor said, "Follow me" and took him out to a lake. When the pastor led the man out into the water, the man thought the pastor intended to baptize him. But, lo and behold, the pastor forced the man under the water and held him there. The man struggled and struggled as he slowly ran out of air all the while wondering why his pastor wanted to kill him. Just when he thought he would die, the pastor released him. Coughing and gasping, the man rose and pushed away from the pastor. "Why did you do that?" The pastor said. "What was the one thing you wanted most of all when I held you under? What was the one thing you would have given anything for?" The man shouted "Air!"
The pastor said. "That's how badly you must love God and want to serve Him if you want a blessed life."
He didn't say if you want to be saved. But if you want to be blessed. That doesn't mean riches or fame or comfort.... but it means excitement, fulfillment, joy! Things money can never buy. However I would venture to say that depending on your lack of interest in God, your salvation may be on the line as well.
Jesus said we must "love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all your soul, with all your mind."
Yet, how many of us do that? Is God our passion? Do we think about Him more than anything else? Is He our number 1 reason for getting up in the morning? I must admit to you that for me, that's not always the case. Yet Jesus is very clear
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." Matthew 10:37-39
God didn't sent His only Son to this earth to live a difficult life, be tortured, rejected, and crucified so that we could simply receive Him and then go about our lives pleasing ourselves. Yet, that seems to be a disease rampant in the Western church. This concerns me a great deal, as you can probably tell if you read many of my posts. I fear so many Christians have run out of the oil of the Holy Spirit and when Jesus comes to claim His bride, they will not be ready and be left behind.
In Jesus' own words.
So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Revelation 3:16
Let us all pray that God helps us make Him our deepest passion, and that our goal for every day He grants us here on earth will be to do His will, learn of Him, and be so passionate about Him that our enthusiasm spills over onto the lost and lures them into the light. There is nothing more important than God. I would wager that not a single person admitted into Heaven has ever said, Yup, I did enough for God. More than likely everyone is saying, "I wish I had time to do more."