February 07, 2016

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: PASSION

Have you ever met an artist that just doesn't seem to care about anything?  They seem to have no vision, direction, or passion,  I'm thinking that you probably have not.  We are known for being very passionate people.  Now what we are passionate about may not always make sense to others, but you have to respect the fact that artists are passionate!  We all have times in our artistic journey where we just "aren't feeling it".  That is a normal part of every person's life. Writers have "blocks", artists have "blocks", and I'm sure even accountants have "blocks".   Normally those times pass quickly & we get back to passionately creating what is on our hearts & minds.  No matter if we are in an up or down swing, most artists will be able to share their passion with others....well....because their passionate!

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!
Revelation 3: 15-16

I had read this passage many times, but the meaning took on a new life as I was listening to a sermon in Laodicea (Modern Day Turkey).  You see this passage is being directed to the church of Laodicea, and they knew exactly what the Lord meant!  Not far away are medicinal springs in Pamukkala.  They were volcanic springs full of minerals (the mountain side looks like it is covered in ice...beautiful!).  If you were to get the water in your mouth  (it would be lukewarm...and taste TERRIBLE)...you would surely spit it out.  That is how vial passionless people are to the Lord.  Neither hot...nor cold. My guess is that the people of Laodicea did not take this warning to heart, because all that is left of a once rich & powerful city....is rubble.

 We need to know what we believe, live what we believe, and share what we believe with passion.  If God has done what you say He has done (when you ask Him into your life as your Lord & Savior)....how can you not be passionate?  Where are you at on the temp-o-meter? Are you on fire for the Lord...passionately pursuing His will for your life?  Are you cold...feeling distant and disconnected from your faith?  God is there waiting for you...He has never left.  He wants you to be passionate about Him.  He is passionate for you!!

Dear Lord,
Thank you for being passionate about me...and making a way for me to have a personal relationship with You!  Lord I pray that I would be a person of passion for You, Your Word, & Your people.  Help me to be on fire for you...not growing lukewarm or cold in my faith.  May my passion be a light to the world of a life reclaimed for the Kingdom!!
In Christ