Luke 6:45- A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
We all love to talk. I mean, it’s a given. We talk about ourselves, our lives, our dreams, passions, etc… Anyone that knows me has witnessed by ability to talk for literally hours. Ever since I was a little kid I’ve always had a lot to say. My mom says I used to come home from preschool and talk about my day quoting things my teachers shared with us whether that be scripture or life lessons I still am learning about to this day. Sharing about things I’m learning isn’t a problem for me, but sharing passionately about them is the disconnect sometimes.
I can share about my life, my hobbies, my education or anything in between, but are those things I’m really all that passionate about? Nowadays our generation loves to share about everything that goes on in our everyday lives. Better yet, every second of our everyday lives. We tweet our thoughts, snapchat everyone so they can see what we’re doing in our personal lives, and if we’re passionate enough go back to the ancient social media platform we call “Facebook” to ramble on and on about how we feel towards a certain candidate or injustice going on in the country.
Well to honest, I admire those that ramble on Facebook. They’re passionate, plain and simple. They feel strongly enough to share with the entire world (more than likely it’s only their high school and college friends & parents) their experiences, opinions, passions without fear of judgement. Most of the time these end up having dozens of likes, shares or on rare occasions they go viral and blowup across the entire internet. They’re also accompanied by hateful message backs, comments and people who are appalled that they would even dare to share what really think.
I wish more Christians were like this… Better yet, I wish more actual followers of Jesus were like this (claiming to be a Christian and actually following Jesus are two completely different things). Jesus went around sharing about how passionate He was for His Father in heaven, how much passion God has for people on earth and was the literal incarnation of God’s passion since He was sent to mend the broken relationship we all have with God.
This is what I want to be like. Now I’m not saying I want to be Jesus or anything because that’s impossible. But I want to be so passionate about Jesus that people can’t help but ask about what I believe. I want to be a Christ follower that is so full of love for Christ that it overflows into every aspect of my life. I want to be so amazed by God’s love for me that I can’t hold back the floodgates of sharing what I know to be true- “that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8
Sharing passionately isn’t about being obnoxious, loud or intrusive. It’s about knowing more of who you are in Christ and loving Jesus so much more than what other people think of you. Jesus knew who He was and what the Father thought of Him which is why He shared with such a boldness that people couldn’t help but be moved towards Him. Sharing passionately also isn’t about bringing attention to yourself, but putting all the focus on Christ since He’s the one that’s done all the work.
So if you’ve made it this far into this post I want to challenge you with this:
If you’re a Christian and you’re not passionate about sharing your faith with others, I would challenge you that you may not actually be following Jesus. Sorry, I said it. Read the Gospels and see how passionate the disciples were when they were met by the resurrected Jesus. They couldn’t contain themselves. (Matthew 28, Mark 16 & John 20)
If you don’t really know who Jesus is, or why He’s important that’s alright. The Bible is a good place to start. Read about who Jesus is in the book of John. He’s awesome, trust me. In addition to that, try to find a Bible study with others and get plugged into a local church, it will help if you have others who know Jesus to help guide you along the way.
Become more passionate about God by reading His word. Rediscover who Jesus really is and the immense weight of what He has done for you. When you actually understand how wonderful what Jesus did on the cross is, you’ll share passionately.