What is your passion? Jesus said, “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. (Matthew 6:21) What is in your heart right now? And ever wonder what God is passionate about? In this new devotional series, our prayer is that when we see God’s passion, it may rekindle our passion for Him and His kingdom in response to His great passion for us. May God’s passion also be my passion.
These are the passions we will explore in the next two weeks.
- The Passion to Seek
- The Passion to Believe
- The Passion to Love
- The Passion to Save
- The Passion to Serve
- The Passion to Worship
- The Passion to Build
- The Passion to Fight
- The Passion to Win
Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, Jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
2 “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:13-15
Vision is vital in our life because it gives us purpose and direction. However, the attitude we need to achieve these goals is our passion. If vision is the GPS that helps with navigation, our passion is the driver that takes us to our destination. Passion is your powerful love and desire for something or someone. The burning fire inside you that keeps you going even when everything else seems to fail. Without passion, one’s life becomes unmotivated, cold, and lost. In Revelation, the Lord asked John to write to the Ephesians church, praising them for many valuable traits they possessed. Their works, toils, patience, and endurance for the sake of the Lord’s name. However, the Lord rebuked them for abandoning the first love they had. In other words, though they worked hard and endured patiently for the name of God, they lost their passion for God.
God’s Passion for People.
God treasures our love and passion for Him because He is, first and foremost, passionate about people! His love for us is strong and furious, like the burning flame that water cannot quench, and flood cannot drown. (Song of Songs 8:6-7) His love existed before the world began, but it had not changed a bit, even when we chose to sin and turn against Him. Because of His fierce love, He gave His life for us.
My Passion for God.
Apostle Paul responded to God’s fervent love with such zeal that some even said he was out of his mind. Paul was also willing to be mad for the Lord. Sometimes when we are so passionate about something, people may also think we are crazy about it. In the face of this lukewarm generation, don’t we need to have such a passion for God? How can I not be moved when seeing how passionate God is for me? Am I going to pursue my dreams and happiness? Or am I willing to live for the Lord who loved me, died, and rose for me?
Dear Lord, thank you for your zealous and unshakable love! Who deserves your passion? Lord, speak to me today and reveal your unfailing love to me. Help me not just work and live without noticing that my first love is not there. Rekindle my heart with your passion, and may your passion becomes mine. Amen!