Serving with Passion

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, November 25, 2019

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

The word passion is not to be used flippantly. It is a word that speaks of intense personal commitment and devotion to something or someone. In the New Testament, the word passion is used to capture the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death. It was because of the passion of Christ for humanity that he died so we can live.

Without passion, it is difficult to achieve excellence. Passion is the fuel that enables us to live a purpose-driven life. It compels us to do what others would not do and go where others will not go. The lack of passion often leads to mediocrity and indifference.

The Christian life requires passion. Without passion, the believer cannot rejoice in his or her sufferings. Indeed, many people give up on the Christian faith in times of adversity because they were not passionate about our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Most Christians are in awe of biblical personalities like Moses, Elijah, Paul, David, and Joshua because of their relationship with God. What sets these individuals apart is their passion for pleasing God.

Every believer is called to the work of ministry. However, some Christians give their all, while others give just enough to maintain the title of Christian. The Lord wants us to be passionate about him and his Kingdom work. That means we have to rejoice in our sufferings for the sake of Christ, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

It takes passion to cultivate the spiritual discipline of daily prayer. Without passion, there will be a lack of interest in studying the word of God to show ourselves approved. Passion fuels our desire to help the poor and needy. It makes us go to the uttermost parts of the world to preach the gospel to the cost of our lives.

No one was more passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ than Paul. Because of his passion for Christ, he was beaten, imprisoned, rejected, and ultimately killed because of that passion. However, it was also because of that passion that he started so many Gentile churches, wrote so many epistles, and helped Christianity to become a worldwide religion.

Those that are passionate about Christ do not compromise on their Christian character. They do not make excuses or tolerate spiritual indifference. They give cheerfully of their time, talents, and treasure to the glory of God. They serve with humility, love sacrificially, and minister with compassion because they want to glorify the name of Jesus.

Some people stay in line for days to get concert tickets for their preferred performers or to get tickets for a game. Other people make extreme sacrifices for their partners or families as a demonstration of their passion. Yet in many cases, church leaders have to beg members to come to Bible study or to serve in their churches.

Many Christians are stunting their spiritual growth because of a lack of passion. It is impossible to be used by God to transform others if we are not passionate about serving God. Faith is not about feeling. It is about passion and conviction. God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit so we can do his Kingdom work passionately. When we do, the blind will see, the lame will walk, the deaf will hear, and the dumb will talk. We cannot criticize the world for its wickedness if we are not willing to sacrifice everything so the world can have an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, reinvigorate your Church so the world can see and experience our passion for sharing the gospel of salvation, and for making disciples for Christ.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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