As I travel and minister I see, in my churches and individual Christian lives, a serious lack of passion. They are lukewarm about the things of God and the Church. This lukewarmness is a sin and will, in the end, cause trouble for believers and churches alike. Jesus said: “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).
Paul, in writing to the Church in Rome stated (the Holy Spirit said): “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” The Message Version of this verse is even more direct: “Don’t burn out, keep yourselves fuelled and aflame…cheerfully expectant” (Romans 12:11).
So, it seems that it is possible to lose your zeal and passion – otherwise, why would Paul say “keep”? So, we need to be aware that our passion and deep love for Jesus can fade slowly until one day we wake up and realize that our passion is gone and the fire is out. So, it is imperative that we pay attention to our passion for the Lord and the things of the Lord every day. Monitoring our passion level and making adjustments as needed. After all, the cares of this world and all the various aspects and demands of daily life can and do steal our love for and passion for Jesus.
John Wesley, Anglican priest who got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit once said: “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” So true, even today. Passion for Jesus is so rare that, when seen, it will attract others and make opportunity to share the love of God and His life-transforming power.
People need to see passion to then seek and see Jesus. The world has this contagious level of passion for football, hockey, politics, social rights… but, most Christians are simply on simmer and are not on fire for God in a way that others can and should notice. This needs to change. “Don’t burn out, keep yourselves fuelled and aflame…cheerfully expectant” (Romans 12:11).
Whatever it takes, time to make a change and fan the embers back to a roaring fire of enthusiasm, excitement, and expectancy. Passion is so lacking and so needed today in the Church and in the life of believers.