June 2024

What are you passionate about?

Family, Hobbies, Sports, Movies, Music, Traveling…the list could go on and on and on. These are all things that draw our interest and stir strong emotions within us. 

But passion is about more than emotion.  It is more than caring about a sports team or liking a political candidate.  The Latin word for passion is “passio”.  It means “suffering that is acted upon”.  To truly be passionate about something, it must evoke a sense of suffering in us that is so strong that we must act on it.  When you use that definition, it can change what you think you are passionate about. 

One of the first times I realized that passion was synonymous with suffering was when the movie the Passion of the Christ was released.  I was watching a very vivid portrayal of Christ’s suffering and I couldn’t stop thinking about how passionate He was for us.  It was a passion that was acted upon in His death on the cross.  He was willing to sacrifice everything. 

So, the question is, how are we showing our passion for Jesus?

In Philippians 3, Paul describes his passion about following Christ.  In verses 10-11, he says “ I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”  

Paul’s desire to know Christ was so strong that he wanted to go beyond the blessings of a resurrected life. He wanted to experience Jesus’ suffering.  He recognized that following Christ required sacrifice and he acted by giving up everything to follow Him.

But what about us? It is important for us to daily evaluate our lives to see if we are embodying “passion” for Jesus. How are we sacrificing for Him? What are we giving up for Him? How am I willing to suffer for Him?

God has blessed us with many passions in this world. But it’s up to us to keep our passion for Christ above everything else in our lives.  
In Christ,
Pastor Thomas