God has really been stirring me up concerning my passion for Him. I am beginning to sense a new fire in my spiritual life as I seek the Lord and His ways. I have been studying various characters from the pages of scripture and see a real zeal for God in the lives of King David, the Apostle Paul and many others. However, the most passionate person I find in all of the scriptures is the Lord Jesus Himself. I see great passion in His cleansing of the temple and His ministry to the sick and demon possessed. I see great passion in the fact that He came to save broken people like you and me. Jesus is our model for a zealous, passionate Christian life. As I have taken a fresh look at the life of Christ, I find His passion is centered in three areas:
Jesus was passionate about his relationship with God the Father. Jesus said in John 5:19, “The son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do.” Also, in John 5:30, Jesus said, “I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me.”
Jesus was passionate about His prayer life. In Mark 1:32-35, we find an amazing story. Jesus is healing the sick and casting out demons in Capernaum. In the evening, the entire city comes to the house where He is ministering to the people. He must have prayed for thousands of people far into the night, yet we find these words in verse 35: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place and there He prayed.” It is hard for me to believe that Jesus didn’t at least get a good night’s sleep after all that ministry. But Jesus found it necessary to connect with His heavenly Father in prayer in order to “recharge His spiritual battery.” We find this same scenario throughout the New Testament as Jesus approaches His prayer life with great passion.
Jesus was passionate about people. The whole idea of the incarnation is about Jesus’ willingness to clothe Himself in flesh and journey after His lost and dying people. Jesus loved us so much that He poured out His very life-blood for a rebellious people that only deserved death and separation from a holy God. Jesus’ passion for people manifested itself in two ways. Jesus spent years training men that would take His place in proclaiming the gospel after He went back to the Father. Jesus ministered unceasingly to the masses of diseased and demonized people that the religious leaders of His day simply ignored.
Jesus is still full of passion today. He is in full fellowship with His father in heaven. He tirelessly intercedes for you and me as we live our lives on this earth. Jesus is also still issuing invitations to a lost and dying world to accept Him as Lord and King. He is continuing to train His church to reach out to this current generation.
I encourage you, as we move into the Easter season – let the passions of Christ become your passions. t your relationship with God be red hot. Spend time in prayer cultivating that special relationship. And finally, reach out to the lost and hurting around you that so desperately need the Savior. May our lives be filled with the passion of Jesus!