Since the first launch of my ebook on Karen Ehman’s blog and sharing my testimony as part of “A Confident Heart” study at Renee Swope’s last Friday, my “normal” world has been shaken a bit. Opportunities to minister in new, exciting ways have opened up. For this I am ever so grateful and privileged by God.
However, with all the excitement and encouragement over my ebook,”The Sensational Scent of Prayer”, released 2 weeks and 2 days ago and #1 on Amazon in its category, and the wonderful opportunity to show what God has done and is doing in my family’s life, there have been a few darts thrown my way as well. Well, maybe more than a few.
The darts- they are from good, well-meaning Christians. People whom I believe have good intentions, but the wrong focus.
You see, with making yourself vulnerable, you have to take a risk- a risk to be passionate. You have to be passionate about what God has done for you. You have to be willing to tell the stories that perhaps those who are rulekeepers will not approve of. You have to be willing to say, “God impressed on my heart…” to those who believe that God doesn’t speak to people- or only in rare cases. You have to be willing to focus strictly on what God has asked you to do and be, not what others think you should be or approve of.
Passion takes risks- but Holy Spirit-led risks. Christian passion doesn’t clock in on Sunday morning and out on Sunday afternoon. Christian passion fans the flame of Holy Spirit fuel on the heart and takes every step towards what you believe in, whether those beliefs seem acceptable to others or not. Whether others like it or not. Whether people love it or not.
Today I came to the conclusion that Christians fear passion. We don’t want to be radical life-changers, that might cause friction. We don’t want to stand out in our circles, because people will think we are weird.
We fear passion because it makes us abnormal.
Can I just tell you that Jesus was abnormal? He was born in a manger. Nothing normal about that. He didn’t have a home. That’s pretty weird. He spoke in stories that the religious leaders of his day couldn’t comprehend. That seems strange. And one of the biggest issues the religious leaders hated about Jesus? His passion. His love for others. Him calling himself God.
John 2 gives two examples of Jesus’ passion. The first? Turning water into wine at the wedding- Jesus’ first recorded miracle! And the second? Flipping over the money changers tables in the temple in anger. After these two stories, the Bible says:
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” John 2:17 NLT
Passion for God’s house has consumed me too.
Are you reading this for the same reason?
Why do you think Christians fear passion?