It takes passion to stand in today’s world and proclaim that Jesus is Lord of all.
Passion . . .
The word, passion, carries, among others, two very interesting meanings. One is that of having an intense enthusiasm for something. That is, having an intense fervor that only comes from Divine inspiration. This is the compelling force that directs every thought, action and deed of a believers life. Only a truly born-again believer can have this kind of enthusiasm for only such a believer is connected to the Source of divine inspiration and so filled with the understanding, life and vitality of God (Job 32:8).
The other meaning of the word, passion, that I would like you to consider with me is that of being willing to suffer extreme hardship for a worthy cause. Our example is that of Jesus “Passion” as He took our punishment and bore our sin. Today’s Western version of Christianity is a far cry from what the early Apostles considered a normal, healthy Christian life. In our present culture there seems to be an overwhelming self-centeredness that demands more and more comfort, convenience and caressing.
There are not many of our number, “who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises . . . out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens . . . were tortured, not accepting deliverance . . . had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings . . . bonds and imprisonment . . . were stoned . . . sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword . . . destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:)” Hebrews 11:33-38 (KJV)
Perhaps this would be too “radical” in our society? Or would it? This is the call of deep unto deep . . . Selah.
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