Passionate love for Jesus is a beautiful thing. It’s an emotion that runs deep inside of us. We were created for it. We have been designed to live with a burning purpose and an undying hunger for God. I have written about this topic before in my post “Renewing Your Passion In The Presence Of God,” but The Lord has been showing me more about the truth of this subject.
Passion, like fire, must feed off of something. It needs a fuel supply. The supply upon which our passion feeds is the very presence of God himself. If we are not experiencing a burning passion for Jesus, I would question how much time we are spending in His presence.
The Lord showed me freshly the reality of the fire that comes as a result of His presence through the Holy Spirit. In Luke 24, Jesus’ disciples are walking with Him on the road to Emmaus, but they are kept from recognizing Him. Jesus opens the Scriptures to them as they walk and shows them how the Scriptures testify of Him. At the end of their time with Him, their eyes are suddenly opened and they realize it is Jesus, and then Jesus vanishes.
When Jesus disappears, they can’t believe they didn’t recognize Him earlier (this is the part of the story that is key). There is a specific reason they can’t believe they didn’t recognize they were in the presence of Jesus. What was that reason? They said, “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32 NKJV). In the Message translation it says this, “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” They recognized that they were in the presence of Jesus by the burning passion of their hearts.
John the Baptist says in Luke 3:16, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier that I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” In Luke 12 Jesus says, “I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning” (Luke 12:49 NLT). Jesus’ death on the Cross cleansed us of unrighteousness and sin not only so that we could spend eternity in heaven, but so that we could be filled with the Holy Spirit of God; so that we could now be the temple of the God who is known as a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29).
It has been my experience and my conclusion through the study of the Scriptures that the presence of Jesus will always result in a greater fire and passion for Him. As I said earlier, any time I feel a lack of passion for Jesus I automatically know I have not been spending enough time in His presence and in the study of the Word through the teaching and illumination of the Holy Spirit.
Passion should not be this up and down rollercoaster ride that many of us feel. If that is the case in our lives (as it was for much of my life), we know that we are simply living off of human emotion or that we are not spending enough time in the presence of God.
So if I could give two keys to passion for Jesus, they would be these:
1. Get into the presence of God through worshipping Him in song, through worshipping Him through fresh and deeper surrender, and by engaging with Him in prayer (Just a quick clarification on prayer. Prayer is primarily listening, not making requests of God), and continue in His presence through abiding in the Holy Spirit in every moment.
2. Receive revelation through the study of God’s Word and allow Jesus to open the Scriptures to you by The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit told me a while back, “Whenever you are lacking in passion, pray for fresh revelation.” Fresh revelation of the character and greatness of God always results in greater passion and commitment to Him.