Usually when we hear the word passion, its connotation leads our minds to a place of physical contact with sexual undertones. However, passion, or being passionate has a broad spectrum of application. Passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something, including, but not limited to hobbies, sports, leisure activities, art, or other interests.
People are passionate about what is important to them as individuals. Sports fans become rabid as they follow their teams throughout a season. People who travel cannot wait to go on their next adventure or tell about the most recent one. Others sacrifice vacation and personal time in order to help those less fortunate.
Why is it that so many people who claim to be Christians can be passionate about every area of life except the one that could offer hope for eternity? Maybe they are taking the words of Jesus in an incorrect manner.
These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. (Luke 10:2).
In this verse, Jesus does indeed tell his followers to pray that God would send someone to “work in his fields.” Many “believers” would rather sit back and let someone else do the work required by God. They have bought into the idea that the church leaders, pastors and trained evangelists should be responsible for telling others about the salvation and grace offered by God.
If we read the next verse, Jesus includes all of his followers in the work. “Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.”(Luke 10:3)
Here in lies the rub. People who think it is the responsibility of someone else to act, will not respond passionately to a need. They may have the tools, knowledge and ability, but will not respond in such a fashion that demonstrates a passionate desire to see change. Excuses for lack of action and obedience abound. (ie. too shy, too busy, don’t know how, etc.)
One of the real reasons may be that the person has not experienced the life-changing power for grace for themselves whereby the Holy Spirit is their teacher and guide. Secondly, they may not be surrendered to the belief that God will give them the words if they will but open their mouth for his cause. Thirdly, they may not really care about anyone but themselves, demonstrating a lack of passion for the work of God’s kingdom.
Passion for sharing the gospel must be a high priority for true followers of Christ. Those who have truly been set free from the wages of sin cannot keep the hope and joy such freedom beings a secret.