Recently, I was asked this question by a dear friend. We hadn’t seen each other for a couple of years, and after getting caught up, he asked, “How’s Your Passion?” Passion for what? Coffee? UK Wildcats? Running? Hiking? Cars? Food?
Having known this person for many years, I knew what he meant. He wanted to know how my passion for Christ was going? He went on to say that recently two seminary students had ask him how they could keep their own passion going. His answer, “You have to get up every day, early in the morning, and meet with God.” His passion for Christ is on display every day and is so vital to him that he has even prepared a special place in his home to meet with God. There you will find the fireplace, his chair, table, lamp, books, music, quiet and whatever else is necessary for him to pray, study and sit at Jesus feet.
Passion for Christ cannot be found doing ministry. Passion for Christ cannot be gained from someone else. Passion for Christ cannot be purchased at Lifeway Christian Bookstore. Passion for Christ comes by meeting daily with Him, alone, letting His Word read you, seeking His face, listening to His voice, and pouring out your heart to Him in prayer and worship.
Psalm 63 shows us another man, David, who was passionate about seeking God.
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
Pastor Steven Cole puts it, “David expresses longing for God’s presence, praise, joy, fellowship with God, and confidence in God’s salvation. The psalm shows us that David’s priority was to seek the Lord. Seeking after God should be our most important priority.”
So, let me ask you like my friend did me, “How’s your passion?”