‘He saw the joy ahead of Him.’ Hebrews 12:2 GWT
Concerning Jesus, the Bible says: ‘We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of Him, so He endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought Him… Think about Jesus… so that you don’t become tired and give up.’ (Hebrews 12:2–3 GWT) It’s your vision that fuels your passion. Ever notice how God often transforms the worst of sinners into His greatest servants? That’s because they’re passionate, and once that passion is harnessed and redirected they become effective in His Kingdom. Now you understand why the enemy has tried so hard to destroy you. He knows once you line up your passion with God’s plan, there will be no stopping you. Passion is spiritual energy; without it you’re as limp as a wet noodle and as bland as hospital food. So instead of trying to stifle your passion, let God redirect it.
Jesus told the end-age church, ‘You are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!’ (Revelation 3:15 NLT) Who is He speaking to? Professing Christians who live, marry, have children, buy cars, accumulate stocks, and do all the things their modern-day counterparts do, but without passion. They were simply going through the motions! The Bible says, ‘Taste and see’ (Psalm 34:8 ESV); in other words, step up to the crease and swing the bat! So what if you miss? The fact is you’ll miss for sure if you don’t swing! Your instinct for self-preservation can rob you of the only chance you may ever get at life. So if you’re down today, get back up. If you failed, try again. Ask God to rekindle the fires of passion within you.
SoulFood: Gen 20–23, Jn 14:1–14, Ps 118:10–18, Prov 31:10–13
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023