One of the most passionate men of Scriptures was Saint Paul. Looking at his ministry, one might seek to have the same passion as Paul did so that God could be glorified in our ministries as He was in St. Paul’s ministry.What was Paul’s secret? He had but one passion. Not five, not four, not three, not two. Just one. Equally important was that his one passion was not tied to buildings, programs, churches, specific ministries or any thing else. Certainly these sprang up marvelously as God blessed the fruit of Paul’s Grace-based passion. But there were not His passion.
- “And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined [i.e. “passionate”] not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 KJV)
Paul was determined, focused, resolved and firm in his conviction and judgment as to the object of his passion. It was Christ. His words to the Corinthians indicated he could care less about anything except that worthy of his passion. Anything less than his determination to preach Christ was simply not worth being passionate about.
That passion was healthy passion. It was rooted in his awesome gratitude for God. It was rooted in his recognition of unworthiness as a sinner. It was rooted in a profound sense that he was who he was only because of Jesus’ passion for him. Given the amazing singularity of Christ’s passion for him, he determined that the giving of his life would be similarly singular. He would preach Christ.
Paul knew that if his passion was rooted in his speech, in his preaching, in his wisdom or in his strength, it would fail. Like so many of us, he had to find out the hard way. It’s not until your passion is destroyed and shown to be rubbish (Phil. 3) that you finally get the only passion you need: The passion to declare to others what God has given you: His forgiveness.