A Passion for Christ It is important that you know that the actual word passion is only found once in the Holy Bible and that is in the book of Acts 1:3 (KJV): To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: Due in part to the theatrical genius of Mr. Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion, the widespread recognition and spiritual celebration of Lent; anytime the word passion is mentioned its connotation; association is of suffering or agony, most specifically referring to that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It has occurred to me that this is a nuance in universal church doctrine. Ten years ago at the mention of the word Passion in the minds of the masses would have sparked thoughts or love special feelings for that special someone. If you tune you television to NBC at 2:00pm Monday through Friday you can join me in watching what definition Hollywood has given to the word Passions. Webster’s modern dictionary the word passion means: Determination, Fervor, obsession. Being passionate about with something often leads you to experience excitement, enthusiasm and delight. Most of you have already experienced having passion for or about something in your lives and you don’t even realize it. Now it may not have been the idea of Jesus that you passions centered around. People experience passion in some way shape or form everyday i.e. the will to live, Breathing, eating and being active. Some people experience passion for the telephone and its use, so much so that daily our ears burn with anxiety and impatience as we anxiously await that magnanimous sound of the ring. And God forbid that the phone doesn’t ring. The less time you spend contributing to SBC and AT&T ‘s ministry to more time and focus you can give to God’s ministry. Passion equals commitment. (Repeat after me) Having a passion for something is a burning deep within you that says you have to have it, you have to do it you need it. Opposite of passion is indifference which means: to be unresponsive or having a lack of concern or interest. To be nonchalant, to accept whatever happens to us for us and around us because we are not willing to put forth the effort to make things change. We find it easier to blame an outside source. Why not blame the devil. Many of us suffer from a lack of responsibility. We have been encouraged into think that that every pitfall that we experience and every trouble that we endure is someone else’s fault and that somehow makes us feel less responsible for our actions. If in the event all of your problems are somebody else’s fault, why then do you allow yourself to be continually burden with their existence. Continuance of this makes you guilty by association. ( OOOOH It aint my Fault) (OOOOH But YES IT IS). In this instance you are not walking by faith, your walking by foolishness. This dichotomy of words that we have been inundated with has caused what I believe to be a great confusion in the church and amongst Gods people, Gods preachers about their duties of service to the church and God. Pastoring a church is about more than just showing up on Sunday, saying a few words, accepting an offering and wearing designer suits accented with crocs or gator shoes. Preaching is about more than putting a few good slangs and catch phrases together or Aliterating on a rhyme scheme that sounds fascinating. 1 Chron. 29:5 (KJV) The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord? Passion causes you to stand on the promises of Jesus Christ not just sit on the premises of church doctrine Passion causes you know, not believe that God will regardless to who will or who won’t. Even when you can get the pastor on the phone. Passion is doing a work not because it’s a Job or a career choice but because it’s a calling. Passion is working together with others in your church regardless of how you feel about them or they about you. And working in the church even when the pastor is not paying you to do something or buying you lunch and dinner Passion is attending those services where you are not the star of the show and worshiping the lord enthuisatically even when all hell is breaking loose in your life. Passion is kneeling at the altar and staying their until you get a break through and accepting Gods answers to your prayers whether its what you wanted or not. It’s knowing that sometimes God has to change you and not your situation and saying yet will I serve him. Passion is not about you, your feelings or emotions. Its about what your doing for God.