by Rev. James Wong
Nothing great is ever achieved in life without passion. The driving force behind every piece of great art, music, architecture, drama, writing, is passion. Without passion there will be no creativity or breakthrough.
Romans 12:11 says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Our passion can wane as time goes by. To maintain that passion, we need to ‘keep our spiritual fervor.’ The word ’keep’ talks about making a conscious choice that involves discipline. We need to make the effort to keep our passion of serving the Lord otherwise we become lukewarm. Here are a few thoughts on keeping our passion on fire for the Lord.
1. God wants us to serve him with passion. When you think of serving Christ are you energized or you approach the subject with reticence? Jesus said the most important thing in the Bible is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). The word ‘heart’ is translated as ‘passion’ in the Message Version of the Bible. God wants us to put some spark, some oomph, some zest and some enthusiasm in our relationship with him.
2. Passion makes our life exciting and meaningful. When we serve with passion, the tasks that we do becomes exciting and meaningful. People who do their work dragging their feet will usually produce mediocre result. It is passion that makes the impossible possible. We will not be able to raise the standard of our service for Christ or for anyone without putting passion into it. This is the new attitude that we should have; “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for men” (Col 3:23 TEV). Imagine the result we are able to achieve if we carry out each task with ‘all our heart’.
3. Passionate people are always learning, re-inventing themselves and exploring new things. Things are changing so fast in the world that the solution of the past can become the problem for the present. Jesus talks about the new wineskins and the new wine. Our mind must be as elastic as the new wineskins that can be stretched during the fermentation of the new wine. Passionate people maintain the spark in their life by constantly learning new things, keep on improving and re-inventing themselves and exploring new things. There is so much to discover and learn in life. Don’t always think the same thought, watch the same movie or play the same song. Like a frog, jump out of the well and discover a new world out there. Live passionately everyday for we follow Christ.