John Mason, in his book, Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop, wrote, “The trouble with many educated (people) is that learning goes to their heads and not to their hearts. The heart is something of a prophet. The heart is no traitor. It is only with the heart that one can see correctly; what is required is invisible to the eye.
Mason’s words, unfortunately, speak to many Christians who have lost their passion for the Lord. Their Bible knowledge and learning, though it may be extensive, has only affected them intellectually, but not touched them emotionally. Or if it once did, that passion has subsided over the years.
“Find something that consumes you,” challenges Mason. “A belief is not just an idea a person possesses; it is an idea that possesses a person.”
Yesterday’s post addressed 5 passion killers. Today we want to share 5 ways to revive your spiritual passion.
#1 Receive Spiritual Renewal Through Worship
Worship impacts the spirit. The soul. The heart. The mind. The inner person.
Worship refreshes. Renews. Revives. Worship inspires. Awakens. Enlivens.
Worship invigorates. Worship even relaxes. Yes, worship has the power to recharge our run down spiritual batteries.
Can we say with David, “I was glad when they said to me let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).
We can revive our passion when we allow worship to provide a force for living.
#2 Experience Simulation and Support Through Fellowship
The steadfast fellowship of first century Christians produced a family environment that was encouraging. Edifying. And uplifting.
The Hebrew writer admonished, “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Heb 10:24). The word “stimulate” means “to arouse.” “To incite.” “To stir up.” “To sharpen.” It is a word that is pregnant with passion.
Every Christian needs a Church Family. The Swiss psychologist, Paul Tournier was right, “There are two things one cannot do alone, be married and be a Christian.”
Our fellowship provides a family for living that offers spiritual and emotional support.
#3 Find Fulfillment through Discipleship
Self-help books challenging us to be the best we can be. Christ calls us to be more like Him. To be transformed. Changed. And become a new person. To walk a new walk.
Jesus came to provide us an abundant life–life is all its fullness (Jn 10:10). True fulfillment comes when we follow in His footsteps. Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Lk. 6:40).
Through the discipling process, we find an inner fulfillment as we “grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Discipleship offers exciting, expressive way of life that provides a foundation for living.
#4 Enjoy Self-Expression through Service
We all have various gift and talents according to God’s grace (Rom. 12:6). There is a place for each of us in the Family of God to use our own unique giftedness.
What can you do? How can you serve? Where will you minister? It may be in the public arena. Or in more private, behind the scenes situations. With our own unique blend of experiences, abilities, and personality we each have some special to offer.
When we truly enjoy ministry we will feel a passion that provides a function for living.
#5 Discover Significance through Evangelistic Outreach
Could there be any greater mission or more noble work than bringing people to know Jesus? To changing lives? And saving souls. It is a joy that is like no other. The message of the gospel is a passionate call that invites people into a unique relationship.
Sharing our faith should excite us and provide a focus for living.
Phillips Brooks expressed the importance of passion when he said, “Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing – where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger; which he knows he was meant and made to do.”
Want to restore your spiritual passion? Tap into God’s plan and purpose for your life. Learn it. Love it. Live it.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman