Pastor Paul has mentioned passion quite a few times lately. I know I am a very passionate person, especially about some things. Miriam Webster's On-line Dictionary defines passion as (and these are only a few of the definitions):
intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction
a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept
an object of desire or deep interest
I am certain I am very passionate about things I love, and I would say I am even passionate about some things I dislike. Take for instance the sign pictured above. I think this is a poor way to tell people about the love of Jesus Christ. I think we are doing people a great disservice when we try to scare them into the kingdom of God. Romans 2:4 says this:
"Do you have contempt for God, who is very kind to you, puts up with you, and deals patiently with you? Don't you realize that it is God's kindness that is trying to lead you to him and change the way you think and act?" I love the way The Message puts the last part of this verse: "In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change." I believe there's enough fear in the world already without using it to try to lead people to Christ. I think we should show people God's kindness; show them Christ's love. Give them a reason to desire Him.
Others are passionate about animals, abortion, politics, starving children in other countries, rights, and the list can go on and on. I'm passionate about many things myself: my God, my family, my church, my friends, even the Dallas Mavericks and chocolate. I hope I grow more and more passionate about my relationship with God. I love the freedom He gives. I love not having a list of rules and regulations about how to live my life; I love being able to listen to Him and to just enjoy the life He has given me. How could I not want more of Him??