What are you passionate about?
I have found that the Bible has informed and fueled my passion for others. Over the years I have read, memorized, and worked to live according to the instructions and modeling of Jesus and His apostles. Consider the following verses from the New International Version (NIV).
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:28-29
“As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:6b-8.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
All four verse segments were written by the apostle Paul. Part of the backdrop to his words in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 come from his passion for the eternal welfare of the Corinthian followers of Jesus. In chapter five, Paul gave three ideas that motivated him to be concerned for them.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:9-21.
First, Paul said in verses 9-10 that he felt responsible to Jesus for his service. Paul knew he would have to give an account at the Judgment Seat of Christ for how he actually lived. Second, Paul described in verses 11-14 why he was motivated by the love of God to help others experience that same Love. Third, Paul said in verses 14-21 that he was convinced that everyone in a lost and dying world needed a Savior, and Paul knew that Savior. Hence, Paul was eager and determined to not keep his faith to himself. He said “the love of Christ compels him,” (verse 14).
The words in verse 20 form the basis for the origin of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. Our name means, “Christ’s ambassadors.” We are supposed to come, see, go, and tell.
What are you passionate about? The apostle Paul was passionate for people – those inside and outside of the Church. Paul’s love was fueled by the love of Christ, and, we should follow their example. May you talk to others about Jesus as a reliable witness of what you have experienced.
Think theologically. Do not keep your faith. Share the love of Christ with someone today.
Love is a verb,
©2019 by Mike Olejarz