“WHERE IS THE PASSION?” 5/13/2015 by Dave Boller for “Working for Christ”

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Written by Dave Boller for “Working for Christ” @ http://work4christ.wordpress.com

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WHERE IS THE PASSION?

Posted August 16, 2013 by “Working for Christ”

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, NIV)

Broken Marriage

Imagine a marriage in which the husband earns a living to pay his family’s bills, takes care of the house and cars, and sees that his family has the food and clothing they need every day. Yet he has lost all tenderness and passion for his wife. Is this a healthy marital relationship?

Just as the partners in a marriage can lose their passion for one another and continue on, a similar situation can occur in relationships between Christians and God. In fact, the church of Ephesus had fallen into this very trap. Jesus noted that this church had “persevered and … endured hardships for my name” (Revelation 2:3). But, he pointedly added, “you have forsaken the love you had at first” (Revelation 2:4).

What about you? When you compare your current relationship with Christ to what it was when you first began following Him, are you just as passionate about knowing Him, being with Him, and worshiping Him as you were then? Or do you find yourself busy serving Him without bothering to cultivate your relationship with Him?

Sadly, like a marriage without passion, our relationship with God can go through a period during which spiritual passion falters. We often serve the Lord more out of habit or duty than out of a desire to know Him more deeply.

Consider this: God might occasionally want us to stop doing for Him so that we can concentrate on being with Him and recovering the love we once had. Many passionless marriages have been renewed. Our relationship with the Lord can experience renewed passion and vigor as well. Put your relationship with Christ first, then let your service for Him follow as a natural response.

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