It is easy to discern if a person is passionate about something. Wouldn’t you agree? They express strong feelings about the topic, their enthusiasm shines like a spotlight, and they show their intensity through their knowledge and commitment toward that topic. The word, passionate, in itself, does not infer either positive or negative direction, but when human passion gets linked up with positive initiatives, amazingly wonderful things almost always happen. Further, we like seeing passionate people doing amazing things in most all areas of life. We hear and share stories about amazing doctors, favorite teachers, highly recommended repair technicians, incredible cooks, dedicated musicians, and even spectacular athletes.
I believe God is passionate about us. As well, I believe God wants us being passionate about God, as well as being passionate about each other. After all, Jesus showed us the very essence of passion—power, intensity, commitment, strength, emotion, and above all, ardent love—and in absolutely everything he was and did. It did not matter how overwhelming or seemingly insignificant the initiative was, Jesus’ initiatives were always positive and always passionate, and amazingly wonderful things always happened.
So, I say, let us be positively passionate. Let us demonstrate that kind of passion in all our actions, all our thoughts, all our feelings, and all our gratefulness and praise to God. And as we reciprocate Christ’s passion in our place and time, let us get ready for the amazingly wonderful things of Christ to happen right here and now.
May God’s passionate love, grace, and blessing always be upon you … Pastor Bob