What defines your passion today? Sports? Fashion? Restaurants? Cars? How would you describe your passion for God? The Church?
More specifically…is your passion white hot for the God of all creation…for the work – God’s mission through First Pres…is your passion white hot? We all know what white hot passion looks like…you can see it in the eyes. You can hear passion in the voice. Passion is something that just seems to pour out of those who have it.
Look at all the Cub fans last year. When the Penguins won the Stanley Cup…or the Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl. How many think the Packers will win or the Blackhawks – c’mon Bears fans tell the truth…your hope is eternal.
John Wesley once said, “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come for miles to watch you burn.” If someone asked you why you go to a particular church, or what is so special about the church you attend…what would you say? Or, would you have to say anything at all? Wesley implies that people will see what your passion is for life and, if that includes God and the Church, that too, will be immediately known…and, they will want to know more about it.
There is nothing wrong with wanting your favorite sports team to win or having a special hobby…but let me ask you one thing…in the grand scheme of things, tell me, how does this move forward the greater good for humanity? Instead, I am convinced that in Jesus Christ, the local Church can be the hope of the world beginning with the community in which we are planted so, my challenge to all is this…if you call yourself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, have you looked at what that membership means? Here’s a good starting point: “Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.” (PCUSA B.O.O.)
And if you are looking for a biblical basis for this, you can begin in the following spots: