What gets you up in the morning?
What motivates you?
What would people say is the passion of your life?
These three questions have one simple answer. It's in the WHO not the WHAT!!
We are so busy looking for the "what" when it comes to finding passion that we miss finding our passion in our relationship with Jesus.
Is JESUS the passion of your life?
Is HE the passion that drives you to look forward to another day? Is HE the passion that motivates you to be a better worker, wife, mother, business owner, artist, Sunday School teacher, friend, daughter, single woman,....? Is HE what others would first proclaim is the passion of your life? Girlfriend, IS JESUS the passion of your life? Is HE?
Sadly, this is what I believe our lives look like during most of the week:
Part of the fall recorded in the book of Genesis that we have to learn to deal with is learning how to survive in a fallen world. The word "survive" is key. And survival gets in the way of our passion for pursuing Christ.
Let me say it again. Survival gets in the way of our passion for pursuing Christ. Because surviving here on earth is hard. Life is hard. Work is hard. Marriage is hard. Parenting is hard. Making and keeping friendships are hard. Everything is hard!!!! We find ourselves up to our eyeballs with hard life stuff and yet all the while our hearts are yearning and burning for something more. That craving deep inside that only you know about is a desire for Jesus. A desire to have Him be the passion of your life.
I like one of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary definition's in regards to passion:
"The state of the mind when it is powerfully acted upon and influenced by something external to itself;" (Source: http://topicalbible.org/p/passion.htm).
When we come to Jesus and read the Word of God, our mind changes. It is renewed and ready to get going. There is a spring in our step. A spiritual energy that is deposited into our soul to face the hardness of life. But when we are not seeking Jesus and leaving him on the shelf for a later time, our passion wanes. And we become hungry. Starving hungry!! We begin seeking passion in everything else and every other person other than Jesus. And we find ourselves silently unfulfilled. We find ourselves silently frustrated at our lives. It's a cycle we will have to struggle with until we meet Jesus in Heaven. But it doesn't have to be this way. It's really simple sister!
THE BIBLE + PRAYER + JESUS+ TIME= Passion for Christ
- Psalm 84:2 says it best:
"My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God."
Does your soul solely long for the LORD?
- Psalm 119:20
"My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times."
Is your soul solely consumed for the Word of God at all times?
- Psalm 42:2
"My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?"
Is your soul thirsting for a time to meet alone with God?
If yes, then your passion is growing and will continue to grow. Keep seeking Him dear sister!! Don't you dare stop!!! If your answer is no to all these questions, don't be discouraged. Your eyes have been opened to the state of your heart. Read through these Psalms again. Seek to memorize these Psalms and make them the prayer of your life. Act upon your relationship with the LORD. Come back to Him. Don't delay. Come quickly. Ask Him through prayer to give you a desire and hunger for Him and His Word alone. And there, dear sister you will find your passion.