Monthly Archives: April 2013

Devotion: Passion for God, part 3

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“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” —Romans 12:11
As passion wanes in other areas of our life, it causes trouble. In marriages, people can get tempted to look for passion somewhere else, leading to affairs, divorces and even something as simple but hurtful as inappropriate crushes. When you are no longer that giddy, all-you-can-think-about-super-passionate-in-love, it’s harder to be forgiving, to be kind, to serve that other person. When we stray or lose our passion for God, we do the same thing. When our passion wanes, it’s so much harder to serve at church when it’s something we don’t care for: cleaning toilets, ushering, spending another Sunday in the children’s ministry, forgiving the person who is endlessly mean to us, etc.
After a while it’s not only our involvement at church and with others that becomes difficult, but our journey with God can get tedious, hard, and even boring. We find excuses to stop attending church, stop caring about obedience and sin, start looking away from God for our love and fulfillment, and even can stop caring about God all together. Just like it’s important for us to keep your passion going for your spouse, it is even more important to us to keep or passion and zeal for God. And just like you have to maintain a relationship with your spouse, we need to maintain your relationship with God. Do you pay attention to your passion for God? What have you done to renew that passion when it wains?
 
Bigger challenge: Think about what you would typically do for a romantic relationship: go back to the place of a first date, buy a piece of jewelery with very specific meaning, memorialize the special life-changing moments between you two, etc. Now apply that to God. Do at least one thing to commemorate, remember or re-experience the passion you have had for God. I encourage you to go beyond journaling or just a conversation — make it a real out-of-the-norm moment for you and God.

Devotion: Passion for God, part 2

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“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” —Romans 12:11
We are called to have a passion for God, not just in our love for him, but a “spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” It’s easy to serve God with a passion when it’s something we have on our heart or is exciting to our own tastes, whether it’s going on a mission trip, working with kids, singing at a Sunday service, blessing our best friends, etc. We should have an all-encompassing passion for Him that defines us. For new Christians, the passion is easy. It’s exciting. When you learn the truth, when you connect with a church family, when you finally see God’s love, it’s a whole new world. It’s all you can think about. God is all you strive for; you are happy to open the Bible, go to Bible study, and shout it from the rooftops. You run head first into it, and it’s exciting. You are happy to do anything at church because you are just happy to be there. As time goes on, that excitement starts to wane. Have you felt that passion for God? What sparks that passion for God in you?
Simple challenge: Make a list about what first made you passionate for God. Pay attention to common themes, specific moments, and people who were apart of your passion for God.

Devotion: Passion for God, Part 1

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“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” —Romans 12:11

Passion drives us. It drives our education, careers, hobbies, relationships, and how we spend our free time. People’s passion drives new inventions, creates books and blogs, saves animals, produces vaccines, starts businesses big and small, and even makes us choose one coffee shop over another.  Passion also drives some of our biggest mistakes, especially in relationships — the bad boy you shouldn’t have dated, the girl you lost because you came on too strong, the affair that destroyed the marriage, loosing friendships over politics, etc.

Passion, zeal, fervor, devotion, enthusiasm, intensity, or whatever you want to call it, there is a good chance you have it about something. But do you have it for God? 

Simple challenge: Answer these questions in your head, in a journal or with a friend:

  1. What are you passionate about?
  2. Is God on that list? Why or why not?
  3. Do you let God be apart of the other items on your list? How can you?

Game Night at Crossroads THIS FRIDAY!

Game night
This Friday, Extra Life Ministries will be hosting a board game night at Crossroads Christian Fellowship. We will have the usual favorites like Scrabble and Apples to Apples, but also some lesser known ones like Tsuro and 1960. You are welcome to bring your own game too. There will be a nacho bar and a potluck of snacks to give you energy as you get your game on. Everyone is welcome to join!

Crossroads Christian Fellowship is located at 5501 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, 95628. For questions email Brian@CrossroadsJourney.com.