We are passionate people. In fact God created us to be – ‘in his image’ and we serve a passionate God. A sinless Saviour, passionate enough to die on a cross, a most cruel and disgusting punishment reserved for criminals. While a crucifixion was an execution, it was also a humiliation, by making the condemned as vulnerable as possible. Jesus suffered in order to set us free from sin to be in a relationship with Him and secure for us eternal life.
What are you passionate about? Our passion determines where we place our priorities in life, our energies and life’s goals. We invest everything, no matter the cost and may even like Jesus, die for it. You may be passionate about your son or daughter, your husband or wife, your work, faith or life’s calling. Abraham was so passionate about God that he left homeland and family to follow God (Genesis 11: 27 – 12:9). He even went as far as offering his son as a sacrifice to God (Genesis 22: 1 -12) . Paul’s willingness to suffer for Christ geared his mind to face prison and saw this as a chance to advance the gospel (Philipians 1: 12 -26) I certainly fall short of the great Patriarch Abraham and the Apostle Paul but in my case, it is to fulfill all that God has created me to be and to do so through mission.
Whatever your passion is, nothing will deter you from it, however enticing it may be. You will hang on to your it through the joys and pains, through failures and uncertainties. Why? Because that’s what fulfills you most, that’s what gives you joy. Everything else is secondary. Everyone else takes second place.
When you can tap into and identify someone’s passion then you will begin to know and understand who they are.
What’s your passion?