March 20, 2011

You Can't Fake Passion

"The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus."   - I Timothy 1:14

"I serve God with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son."   - Romans 1:9

Paul was a man who was driven by his passion ... passion for God, and passion for reaching people for Jesus. Before he was touched and transformed by Jesus, Paul was a religious and a zealous man, but was misguided in his beliefs and zeal. After being touched by The Truth, he was filled with Jesus' love and passion for God and for lost people, and he was forever changed. He lived the rest of his life loving and serving God, reaching out to people without Christ, and making disciples, and he literally gave his life for Jesus ... just as Jesus gave His life for Paul. Jesus' love and passion for all men to be saved and to have a reconciled relationship with Him flowed through Paul.

We work with many churches and Christians here, and at times we are disappointed with the lack of passion of some people and churches. There is a distinct lack of passion in some people and in some churches. When there is a lack of passion and desire for God, there is also a lack of passion and love for other people, especially for those who are still without Christ. There is little excitement in these people and churches, and even in many pastors, for reaching the lost for Jesus, and thus their participation in our projects to share Christ with others is minimal at best. Even when some participate, there is a lack of excitement and passion to see God at work in the hearts and lives of others. They participate, but it is as though they are going through the motions.

We are blessed to know some people here who have a true passion for God and for reaching others for Jesus. It is always a joy to work with passionate people, pastors, and churches. When others accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and commit their lives to Him, these folks have a genuine joy and an excitement of being able to participate in God's redemptive work. They gladly sacrifice their time and resources for the joy and privilege of serving our Lord and helping others.

Only God can touch and change our hearts, and fill us with the same love and passion that Jesus has for God, and for reaching lost people for His kingdom. Paul said that the grace of the Lord was poured out on him abundantly, along with the faith and love of Jesus. It is that supernatural love and passion of Jesus that Paul had in him that the church today desperately needs. May God touch and transform us, His church, so that we will be passionate servants that God can use to reach many people for Jesus and to make many disciples.

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