Passion for Life
Some people have an inclination for life some other have an obsession for death. Moses had come to the end of his life and in the book of Deuteronomy he is preaching to the people and preparing them for entrance into the Promised Land. In his farewell address, he challenges them to accept God’s offer of life. The choice he gives is a choice between life and good, and death and evil. He tells them how to choose life:
Deuteronomy 30:15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil
We make choices every day. Some choices really don’t matter very much. What we shall eat, or wear. What car shall I buy? What team shall I support? It really doesn’t matter whether I drive a Ford or Chevrolet. Other choices are very significant and have long term affect on our lives. We also face choices between right and wrong. Then there are choices we make that matter for eternity. It is the choice of what we will do with Jesus Christ. That is a choice that will affect how we live our lives in the now and where we will spend eternity in the future, whether in heaven or in hell.
Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
Years later Joshua said, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”
In the New Testament Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” As we examine this passage more fully,
SOME PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE LIFE
SOME PEOPLE WILL CHOOSE DEATH
You cannot be neutral. Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Mt. 12:30).
WHAT WILL YOU CHOOSE?
His words are simple: Choose life! Choose life that you may live.
I've seen many people saying that they chose life and a few days later change their minds because they are not passionate about it.
C.S. Lewis is famous for writing, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”
Jeremiah 21:8 "You shall also say to this people, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.
Passion for God
God is the giver of life. He has the power to give and to take away. If you are passionate for life you will find God! You then need to develop that passion.
Passion for God is a powerful statement. One of the definitions of passion is intense enthusiasm for something, a keen interest in something. So when we say that we have passion for God, we’re stating that we have an intense enthusiasm for God, a keen interest in Him.
When Jesus was asked, “Which is the most important commandment?” you can feel the intensity in His answer. He said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”2 That’s a powerfully passionate statement.
God is so passionate about being in relationship with us that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to sacrificially lay down His life through His death on the cross in order to bridge the gap between Himself and humanity. That’s how much He loves us. That’s how much He wants to be in relationship with us. He’s passionate about humanity. He’s passionate about you. He’s passionate about all of us.
Saint Augustine said, “To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek Him the greatest adventure, to find Him the greatest human achievement.”
Passion isn't passive
Passion isn’t passive. Being passionate about something means you’re going to do something about it. Passion results in action.
Many people feel that they don’t have enough passion for God. They don’t feel an emotional passion, which may cause them to think that their level of passion is lacking. Not all of us experience feelings or highs in our spiritual life; some people are inclined that way while others are not. You don’t have to have feelings of passion to know that you love God deeply or to accept His calling for your life. Feelings aren’t the proper measuring stick for passion. It’s not a question of what you feel internally. What matters is that your passion moves you to action, that it urges you to take steps on His behalf, that it energizes you to be a messenger of the Good News to those around you.
How do you increase your spiritual passion?
God wants Christians to be fervent in spirit and zealous of good works
Romans 12:11Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
(Titus 2:14), no matter how cold our spiritual environment (Matthew 22:35–40). Fervent (zeo) means “to boil with heat.” Jesus was “eaten up” with passion for God (John 2:17). Apollos was fervent in spirit (Acts 18:25). The Corinthian Christians’ zeal had provoked very many (2 Corinthians 9:2).
How do you increase your spiritual passion?
What am I most passionate about? Many are passionate about insignificant things; others are passionate about sinful pursuits (Philippians 3:6). Scripture speaks against following sinful passions at least twenty-seven times. How will people remember me? People who know you best also know your passions. What would your family, coworkers, neighbors, and friends say you are most passionate about? Am I satisfied with my passion for God as it stands right now? On a scale of 1–10 (1=cold, 5=lukewarm, 10=hot), how would you rate it? Is it trending up, down, or about the same? One preacher asked members, “How’s your spiritual walk with the Lord?” A few said, “Good”; others, “Could be better,” or “Some days better than others.” Most said, “It’s okay.” Are we satisfied with “okay”?
LOOK INSIDE AND REEXAMINE YOUR MOTIVES.
To sustain for the long haul, each Christian must pay attention to two things: purpose and passion. Purpose has to do with our head—education plus thinking right about what God commands and expects. Passion has to do with our heart. Purpose points us in the right direction (heaven) and passion propels us to go there.
Passion and purpose go together. Passion (fervor) without purpose (knowledge) is foolishness; no one benefits from passionate ignorance (Romans 10:2). A Christian without passion is like a river without water. A Christian without purpose is a river without banks. Benjamin Franklin said, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”
Apathy means “without love” (pathos with the a-negative). Christians who have lost their zeal have a lost love problem. One definition of lukewarm is “serving God in such a way as to not offend the devil.”