If you are like me, you have a passion to grow in your Christian walk even greater this coming year. In 2017, I personally did my share of stumbling and fumbling in my walk with Christ. And because of that, it’s too easy for me to get fixated on what I did or did not do in my rear-view mirror of memories. To remember past mistakes and how to correct them has some merit. But we don’t need to set up camp there. We need to continually remind ourselves what the passionate life is all about and who it’s for. Let me more specific: It’s not about you.
The passionate life is not an easy, pain-free, trouble-free life, but it brings a great sense of accomplishment. The passionate life God desires to lead you into will be the most fulfilling and satisfying life you could ever imagine.
Jeremiah the prophet asked, “When was the last time you hungered for God, wanting intimacy with him so badly you chased after him with abandonment, desiring God so much you’d follow him through the desert and through an empty and barren land?” (Jeremiah 2:2)
Does Jeremiah’s question seem a bit daunting, not even humanly possible? If you said yes, you’re right. It’s not humanly possible. Only through Jesus are we capable of loving God with that kind of supernatural passion. God is able to change our desires; He is able to renew a deep passionate desire to know Him more.
How do we do this? We need to continually live in the presence of God. This should be our goal in the New Year: seeing every corner of our world infiltrated by the incredible presence of God.
God be in my head,
And in my understanding.
God be in mine eyes
And in my looking.
God be in my mouth
And in my speaking.
God be in my heart
And in my thinking.
God be at my end
And at my departing.
I want that kind of passion. Do you?
Have you lost your passion for God? The way to regain your passion is not to try harder. The way to renew your passion is to trust God’s promises. He alone will bring you back into deep devotion. God says, “My wayward children, come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are the LORD our God.” (Jeremiah 3:22, NLT)