Why do we lack passion? Let me suggest four reasons:
1. Routine. We have allowed something precious to become familiar. We have adopted a “Been there – Done that” attitude regarding ministry and
2. Acceptance and approval. Passion both draws and repels people. Some are attracted to the clarity of focus while others are threatened by it. In our
desire to be liked, we have sometimes turned down our “heat” to an
acceptable level. We have replaced passion with a description of passion.
3. Apathy increases with age. We cannot prevent the march of time, but we can prevent hardening of the spiritual arteries. Apathy is not a matter of
the mind as much as it is an issue of the heart.
4. We have no purpose beyond ourselves. We have lost our vision and have failed to see the big picture as it relates to God’s kingdom.
Passion is the first step to achievement as it helps establish your
priorities. What burns on the inside ultimately determines what is
accomplished on the outside.
From all outward appearances the church at Ephesus (Rev. 2.1-7) was a very solid, conservative church. They were relentless in their defense of the
truth, their endurance and perseverance. But all the accolades were negated by one small complaint…”You have left your first love.” The passion of their relationship with the Savior had been replaced with the mechanics of ministry.
Don’t allow that to happen to you. Realize that God desires passionate believers and leaders. Howard Hendricks has said that if you want others to bleed, you must hemorrhage. Now that’s passion!