We live in a generation where many Christians suffer from what author and evangelist Christine Cain would call a “passion deficiency syndrome.” Many Christians today have a love for God and have a heart to serve Him, but much of their activity flows from obligation and responsibility rather than passion and intimacy. Purpose gives way to routine and hunger withers into mediocrity.
This was never how Christ intended us to live. Don’t let anyone’s cynicism and faithless views influence you into thinking that Christianity is sometimes just about trudging through life and plodding along. We were born with a purpose, and purpose leads to passion.
You were born to change the world. That’s not some cliché saying, purpose is a central part of the Christian life. Life isn’t simply about getting a job, getting married, and raising a family. Although those are all great things, there’s so much more available to us. We have been invited to enter into the presence of Almighty God.
We can often have a mountaintop experience with God and go to a camp or a conference and get stirred and excited only to come back to everyday life and have our passion return to where it was before. It can be hard to maintain passion.
God’s presence is what fuels our faith. One of the reasons the religions of the world are so empty, powerless, and passionless is because they’re all about ritual and routine and God’s presence (the true point of religion) is absent from them.
I’ve heard it said that time is the currency of relationships. I see many Christians going about with no passion, waiting for a hunger for God to suddenly fall out of the sky. The truth is, you get out what you put in with God. Don’t wait until you have a passion for God to worship, worship until you’re passionate. Don’t wait until you have a hunger for His presence to spend time with Him, spend time with Him until you hunger for His presence.
When I got back from a missions trip this past summer, I prayed and asked the Lord how I could maintain the fire that had developed in me over the trip. I didn’t want the everyday routine to steal my passion and take me back to where I was before. The Holy Spirit responded and said, “Don’t let your everyday change your fire. Let your fire change your everyday.” The key to maintaining passion is making time to get into God’s presence, not finding time.
When Christ died on the Cross, the curtain in the temple was torn in two. His death made a way into the presence of God. The Bible’s story of redemption is about God restoring the relationship between Himself and mankind. God’s presence is the entire point.
If you desire a true hunger and passion for God that not only continues, but grows, it starts in His presence. When passion fades and fear abounds, we must get ourselves into the presence of God. The presence of God is to the believer what oxygen is to a flame. In His presence, fears are silenced, dreams are fed, purpose is given, and true love is exchanged. I’m convinced that a passionless life is a meaningless life. Passion isn’t constant and self-renewing; it must be fed, and the presence of God is what fuels the fire.
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