Reignite the Passion

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“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent … I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 2:4-5, 3:15-21).

Introduction

Though we might not like to hear sermons on this kind of subject, a question needs to be answered by each one of us personally. Is there anything in our lives that is hindering the work of God? The sad fact is that many believers have lost their first love and have become lukewarm. The zeal and passion has been replaced mediocre and nominal Christianity. The fire that once burned in our souls for the Lord can be reignited if we would but trust Him. Maybe we are still blazing for Christ, but a message like this can help to keep us from having our flame extinguished. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Passion lost

By passion we mean Scriptural devotion to Christ. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind” (Luke 10:27). This passion can be lost for several reasons.

[1] Maybe we have allowed familiarity to breed contempt, meaning that we have made a religion out of holy things. Instead of worshipping the Lord in “spirit and in truth” we have become dutiful servants just doing enough to ease our conscience (John 4:24). Religion has the habit of sucking the life out of our commitment to God.

[2] Maybe we have become conformed to the world’s standards. The world’s moral code is ever changing and can never be ours. We have a higher standard of morality than the world will ever know or understand, therefore we cannot live like the lost. “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). Living by the world’s standards will eventually make us apathetic towards the things of God, and we will soon get bored with serving Him.

[3] Maybe our trials have caused us to throw in the towel. This is usually because we think that we deserve the best in life rather than suffering for the cause of Christ. When that is our thinking then the joy of serving the Lord decreases. “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2).

[4] Maybe there is unconfessed sin in our lives. Holding onto sinful ways can never be good, for it will eat like a cancer through our spiritual lives. Sin is our way of keeping God out of our lives. “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Our opening text tells us that repentance can resolve this and set us back on fire for the Lord.

Passion regained

To regain the passion we must be willing to change the way we live. Our sole purpose in life must be to please God through true faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6). This must include the determination to be the type of people God wants us to be. As the world wants to succeed in its endeavors, we must desire to have a successful Christian life. This faith must be built upon the solid foundation of God’s word. Any other foundation, or if the desire is weak, our efforts will crumble. “The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). We will only grow in accordance with our desire.

Our great example for living a committed life is Christ Himself. He only wanted to please His Father. “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). He was zealous for the things of God. “The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (John 2:17). The apostle Paul is another example of someone on fire for God. He wrote, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14) and “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily” (Colossians 1:29).

We must truly want to be ablaze for God otherwise it is pointless even contemplating it. This requires us to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit. “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16) … “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14) … “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). This renewed passion will not only change our lives but will impact those around us too. It other words, the fire can be contagious. “For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many” (2 Corinthians 9:2).

Maybe we have not even thought that such passion for the Lord is possible except for a few dedicated souls, but it is available to all who are willing to be touched and cleansed by the holy flame. “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:6-7). If we have not got it yet, then all we need to do is pray for it. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).

Conclusion

We do not have to be lukewarm or halfhearted concerning the things of God, instead we can be enthusiastic and passionate. We can be restored, renewed, and reignited by the Holy Spirit. The Lord has made provision also for those who find themselves in the not so merry-go-round of religion, and He can immediately set us free if we would but repent and re-establish our first love for Him. The fire need not go out but can burst into flame again.

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