Passion for Jesus:
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ…That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” (Philippians 3:7,8,10).
How’s your passion for Jesus? Is He the most important thing in your life? When you wake up in the morning, do you have Jesus on your mind? When you go to bed at night, are you thinking about Jesus? Is He your everything? Is He the reason you live? My friend, you and I were created to experience an intimate and personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and until we are living in the midst of that sweet fellowship, we will never be totally fulfilled in life. This is why so many people turn to things like drugs and alcohol and sexual immorality—they are trying to meet the deep needs of their heart, but they will never find lasting fulfillment there. Some people do the same thing in the church. They think if they get involved in enough religious activity—serving, keeping the Ten Commandments, being involved in the church—they will be satisfied. But as good as those things are, there is a deeper and greater purpose to which God has called our hearts. Our lives will never be complete until we live in close communion with Jesus!
In the above Scripture, the Apostle Paul talks about how every earthly achievement in his life which he thought were gain to him were actually loss for Christ. What does it profit you if you gain the whole world and yet lose your soul? There is nothing in life more important and satisfying than the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord. Can you say like Paul that your determined purpose is that you would get to know Him better, that you would become more progressively and deeply acquainted with Jesus? That was the driving force of his life. It’s the most vital and urgent need in our lives! There was a woman in the Bible who discovered this truth while sitting at the feet of Jesus Himself.
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42). One thing is needful—our passion for Jesus, sitting at His feet enjoying His presence!
Have you left your first love, and lost your passion for Jesus? Has that fire that once blazed brightly now become a smoking ember? Have you lost the excitement about your Christian walk of faith? Then today, I pray that you would hear the voice of you Beloved, knocking on the door of your heart, and wanting to come in and have sweet and intimate fellowship with you. My prayer for you is that the Lord would give you a new and fresh revelation of His awesome love for you, and that He would renew your passion for Him! I pray that you would choose the one good thing that is needful, sitting at the feet of Jesus, and resting in His presence. Return to God today, and wait on the Lord, and renew your strength, your vision, and your passion for Jesus!
Pastor Chris Jordan