You show up. You do the work. Heck, you even see some decent results. You are, most definitely, an obedient Christian. But deep down, if you’re honest, you don’t really enjoy it. There is no fire. Sure, there are some nice people and Jesus was obviously kind and generous and you are thankful for His sacrifice. But you know that your eyes never light up when you talk about Him like they do when you talk about your new Harley.
But you are committed. Isn’t it results that matter anyway? Does passion actually matter? Plenty of people get by, make a living, and have good lives without necessarily being passionate, right? It’s not the dreams that matter, it’s what we actually DO that counts, right?
Then you see some people who seem to just come alive when they talk about Jesus. They are on FIRE! And you feel like you know them well enough to suspect that it is MORE than just a manufactured façade for social media. There is just something about their faith. They seem so DEEPLY passionate about the Lord.
Is it just something a few people are lucky enough to have? Does this passion actually make a difference? Is there some way you can get this passionate without moving to Africa?
Let’s look at Scripture and see.
In Matthew 15:8 Jesus is speaking to (and about) the Pharisees
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
Now, to be fair, I am NOT calling you a Pharisee because you’re not feeling on fire for the Lord. But what I AM pointing out is that, clearly, the status of your heart matters very much to God.
Isaiah 1:19 NIV “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.”
Ever have someone do something for you, but you could tell that their heart wasn’t really in it? Maybe a child that does what you tell them to, but with a crummy attitude, stomping their feet the whole way? This is NOT what God desires of His children any more that it is what we desire of ours.
Revelation 2:4 TPT“But I have this against you; you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning. Think about how far you have fallen! Repent.”
Jesus said this to a church who was doing STELLAR at obedience. They were doing all the things that they were supposed to, yet they had forsaken their first love, their burning, fiery supreme love for their Savior. And the Lord saw that this would “weaken their power and witness to the world” (TPT footnotes) not to mention kill off their hearts.
So what do you DO about it?
How do you start to get more passionate about your faith?
Here are 6 steps to get more passionate about your faith
1. Repent for apathy and ask God to help you stoke the fires of your heart
Philippians 2:12b-15 TPT Now you must continue to make this new life fully manifested as you live in the holy awe of God-which brings you trembling into His presence. God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases him. Live a cheerful life without complaining or division among yourselves. For then you will be seen as innocent, faultless, and pure children of God.
I truly believe that if we make a quality decision that we are just going to do everything within our power to do what pleases God and invite Him into it, He will start to stoke the fires of our heart. Part of our job in this equation is to “live a cheerful life WITHOUT COMPLAINING or division.” Yes, it’s true that complainers can be very passionate about their faultfinding, however, this is NOT what builds up the God kind of passion.
2. Consider fasting
Something supernatural happens when we deny ourselves something that can only satisfy temporarily in order to create a hunger for things that last for eternity. Some of the most effective fasts don’t actually involve food, but rather the things that steal your time and attention away from God. Consider fasting something that steals your focus and your time away from the Lord and spending that time in prayer, Bible Reading, and worship instead.
3. Make worship part of your day
When we open our mouths and sing songs of praise, adoration, trust, and awe to our God, it not only shifts our focus, but it stokes the fires of our hearts. Worship is giving of ourselves to God, but it unmistakably blesses us and brings His Kingdom into our atmosphere.
4. Read your bible
Making a daily habit of reading your bible will actually create a hunger for more scripture in your life. You will find yourself thinking about the Word more often and wanting more of it. (P.S. this takes time to develop. Give yourself some grace here and don’t give up. You WILL see a difference.)
If something in scripture really stands out to you, the Holy Spirit is probably trying to teach you something. Take that scripture, even just a single verse, and meditate on it throughout your day. Maybe even take several days to really roll it around and figure out how to apply it to your life. You’ll be amazed at how this will open up your understanding.
5. Surround yourself with passionate people
Passionate people. Not weird people. Truly passionate people are not necessarily “on” all the time like some crazy motivational speaker screaming and jumping around. Yes, passion is visible, but true, Biblical passion is also sustainable. A truly passionate faith will be the undercurrent in all decisions. What you say, post, think about and gravitate towards will show forth your love for the Father.
6. Start praying some dangerous prayers
“If your prayers don’t scare you, they certainly do not frighten the enemy”~ Lisa Bevere
Start praying prayers that require you to step out of your comfort zone, prayers that require God to come through. Ask God to show you someone to pray for at work today, maybe a stranger at the store. Very rarely (as in once) have I ever had someone say “no” when I’ve asked a stranger if I could pray with them about anything.
The enemy would love to tell you that “it’s too late” , “it won’t work for you”, or “she’s full of crap and making all this up.”
But its NOT too late. As long as you have life in your body, there is hope. It WILL work for you because God doesn’t play favorites. If it’s in His Word, it will work for whoever will do it! And well… as far as whether I am full of crap or not, I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it, lol. But know this, many a conversation in our house has been about YOU, dear reader. How we can serve you, what should we write about and create to help you live a passionate life.
You are often in our minds and our prayers. Because YOU matter. Your faith matters. We AND God long to see you living a passionate faith and pursuing your God given dreams.