Christian who lack conviction have little to communicate to others. And, when they try to communicate it, they do so without enthusiasm and passion of any kind. So, people see no reason to get excited about Jesus if Christians aren’t. But when we are enthusiastic about our faith, this tells seekers and skeptics that we are totally captivated by Christ. As German philosopher Georg Hegel said, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
Think about it: If the Christian story is true – in all of its splendor, glory, and wonder – then should not Christians be fired up about it? Shouldn’t they be anxious to tell others about Christ? Shouldn’t they at least smile? Instead, the look on the faces of many believers when talking about Jesus with others could convince me they were merely fulfilling some sort of an antiquated and obligatory religious requirement. Not too convincing when speaking with believers – and even less so when talking to non-believers. Admit it: if your faith seems so dead and uninteresting, then maybe it is because you think and believe that Jesus really is dead and uninteresting.
If we are not excited by the single most important event that has ever happened and by the single most important message ever delivered to humankind, then what will energize us? Our faith won’t be very contagious until we ourselves are thoroughly imbued with the passion of following Jesus.
“Seekers have little respect for weak Christians,” said Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg in Becoming a Contagious Christian. “Deep down they’re looking for somebody – anybody – to step up and proclaim the truth and then to live it boldly. And I just have to ask: why can’t that be you and me?”
The Bible states: “[Christ] sent me to tell the Good News, and to tell it without using the language of human wisdom, in order to make sure that Christ’s death on the cross is not robbed of its power.” (1 Corinthians 1:17 GNT).
Well, believer in Jesus, how is your passion? And, can people tell you are enthusiastic and excited about what you believe?
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