Being Passionate for Jesus.
It turns out my very passionate Soul Survivor friends consider me to be a passionate believer. This comment came with an invitation to write to you on remaining a passionate follower of Jesus. The unexpected gift for me has been that the comment alone has provided a huge encouragement to my own spirit as I seek to stay faithful to my first love for Jesus and share that love with others.
Remaining open hearted
1 John 4:19
I went to a wedding on the weekend, standing in a field I bore witness with others to the commitment of two beautiful young souls as they gave themselves in words of commitment to each other in marriage. I always find weddings a special reminder of the passionate love that two people can share. It also reminds me of the sacrificial, resurrection love Christ has for us and the church. When I open my heart again to the big love of God I find myself back at that first day when I discovered God loved ME.I was younger with fewer wrinkles by my eyes but the same big smile comes to my face as I think about how Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit have changed me with their passionate love to be a passionate believer.
Seeing the world the way Jesus does
I am sure you have friends, as I do, who have passionately pursued something for a time and then, well they just seem to lose interest. I find Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit to be consistently interesting, I have never once been bored. Reading the scriptures and continuing the long conversation I am having with God in prayer helps remind me that I have been invited to be a friend of Jesus and to see the world the way he does. That alone gives me a purpose that is worth being passionate about. Before I step into my day I ask God to show me what he is doing and how I can join in that big adventure. It looks different every day, however I have found there is one common gift that the Holy Spirit gives as I listen in to the heart of God and that is compassion. Compassion after all is a passion that is lived out in kind actions with others.
Let go and breathe out
My passion is kept alive knowing that God will take the small offering of my life and do something beautiful with it as I keep giving it to him. We have an odd notion that life is about gaining and building something for ourselves. I am finding the mystery of what is gained in the spirit as I let everything slip from my hands into God’s hands. There is passion in a breath released into the atmosphere of the earth and a heart given over to heaven.
Enjoy you one beautiful passionate life with Jesus my friend.