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Sunday 8th August


Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart as unto the Lord and not unto men." 

 

Paul writing instructions to his church, he is talking to his followers on how they conduct themselves at work, remembering that they ultimately are serving God and acting with diligence faithfulness more than for obligation or working while only someone is watching. Broadening the scope of being a good employee to viewing everything we do in life with enthusiasm and passion as if we are serving God almighty himself.

 

Thought:

Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion. Passion is what energises life. Passion makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and go, "I’m going to do something with my life today." Without passion life becomes boring. It becomes monotonous. It becomes routine. It becomes dull. 

 

Introduction:

God created you with the emotions to have passion in your life and He wants you to live a passionate life. God wants us to use the passion we have to serve him and to follow him, if our life has become dull, lost its edge, then we should stir ourselves up, get up and pray, open our bibles. Listen to the word that Christ has for us today and if needed place our faith again in Christ, leave behind our superstitions, get up, stand up and follow Christ.

 

1. Being a passionate Christ-follower.

 

Purpose and passion fuel our life as Christ-followers.

 

Mark 11:30, from The Message 

 

"Jesus said, ’Love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy." 

 

Loving God is not just routine or something we feel duty-bound. The words heart and passion in this passage are interchangeable 

 

God says I want you to do everything passionately when it comes to loving Me, serving Me, living for Me. 

 

Whatever we do, we should have passion about it, serving God is an adventure we want everyone to get on board with.

 

What happens when we have lost our passion, how can we regain that first love?

 

The apostle Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift of God that is within you. The gift you have been given by God if gone dormant will, at times needs to be stirred.

 

Sometimes we need a reminder to regain what is lost.  

 

Losing passion can happen so slowly you may not notice it going, till it's gone.

 

 this is where we must meet together and stir up each other.

 

Wouldn't it be sad if we had more passion for football than the things of God?

 

Peter wrote to the church in his second letter

 

My friends, this is the second letter I have written to you to help your honest minds remember. (To stir up your pure minds) I want you to think about the words the holy prophets spoke in the past, and remember the command our Lord and Saviour gave us through your apostles. (2 Peter 3:1, 2 NCV)

 

Peter, by way of a reminder, writes to the church, remember my words, remember the scriptures the promises.

 

All the promises are and yes and amen.

 

The old saying you can lead a horse to water but not make him drink.

 

The passion we have for scripture means that we have the desire within us to want to go deeper.

 

Romans 12:11 "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour." 

 

In other words, don't be lazy, keep working hard

 

We can keep the fires going in our life. 

 

the word "keep." Notice, it’s not automatic. 

 

It’s a choice. It’s something we maintain. 

 

It’s something that we choose to do. We get distracted and everything in life seems to conspires to keep us from being passionate about God. 

 

So He says keep your passion going. Keep the fires going. 

 

2. Stirring up the gift of God.

 

It comes from within us, the stirring, we have everything we need already.

 

Looking at the state of his nation, Isaiah cried out in chapter 64

 

And no one calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;

 

The early Christ-followers, we read in Acts chapter 2, had a strong motivation to teaching and fellowship with each other. 

 

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayer. (Acts 2:42 NIVUK)

 

Their motivation their drive was not because the apostles were chasing them up, telling them off for not turning up to the prayer meeting.  They were self-motivated.

 

They did their part, The Lord did his part and added those being saved.

 

We, as Christ-followers, have the kind of passionate faith that self-motivation.

 

That drive, that hunger and that passion to want to know God more.  To want to see God in our everyday lives and when we wake up we are eager to see what God is already doing.

 

Perhaps we need to stop waiting for an external move or some crisis before we serve the Lord or as some are thinking that the answer is going to just come along someday. Perhaps some people looking and longing for the day of revival when all of God is here.

 

The answer is here, the Holy Spirit is placed inside us, listen to the voice of wisdom within.

 

Grace and peace be given to you more and more because you truly know God and Jesus our Lord. Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus called us by his glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:2, 3 NCV)

 

He has already placed his spirit within us. We don’t have to be waiting for a special event, a song or a word from a preacher.

 

Final point 

 

3. Pick yourself up and walk 

 

In John chapter 5, Jesus meets a man who has been sick for many years, holding onto a superstition of the water stirring, he had false hope, not just in the pool was just a hot spring, but that he was waiting for someone who would help him. 

 

Later Jesus went to Jerusalem for a special feast. In Jerusalem, there is a pool with five covered porches, which is called Bethesda in the Hebrew language. This pool is near the Sheep Gate. Many sick people were lying on the porches beside the pool. Some were blind, some were crippled, and some were paralysed, and they waited for the water to move. (Some believed that) an angel of the Lord came down to the pool and stirred up the water. After the angel did this, the first person to go into the pool was healed from any sickness he had]. A man was lying there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw the man and knew that he had been sick for such a long time, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered, “Sir, there is no one to help me get into the pool when the water starts moving. While I am coming to the water, someone else always gets in before me.” Then Jesus said, “Stand up. Pick up your mat and walk.” And immediately the man was well; he picked up his mat and began to walk. The day this happened was a Sabbath day. (John 5:1-9 NCV)

 

There is so much in the story so much to unpack, Many were in need, they are all waiting, holding on to their superstitions. 

 

Jesus meets this one man who had been waiting years for the stirring and Jesus asks "Do you want to be made well?" It's not a silly question, his faith was missed placed. He makes excuses “It's not my fault I need someone to help me.  I always seem to miss out! Ready to blame others and stop waiting for the water to move, start moving, Jesus says stand up, you pick up your matt, and receive your healing.

 

He had to get up, he had to place his faith in Jesus’ words.

 

Conclusion 

God created you with the emotions to have passion in your life and He wants you to live a passionate life. God wants us to use the passion we have to serve him and to follow him, if our life has become dull, lost its edge, then we should stir ourselves up, get up and pray, open our bibles. Listen to the word that Christ has for us today and if needed place our faith again in Christ, leave behind our superstitions, get up, stand up and follow Christ.

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