Passion lifts you out of the ordinary and the mundane into the realm of the best possibilities of your existence. Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw offered insight into the world outside that conformity box where nothing is exciting or alters the world. He wrote “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
When do you feel most alive, most excited in your life? What do you long for more than anything else? The things you find yourself constantly dreaming about or imagining, will give you some clues as to what your passion is. How you would complete the following sentences reveals where your passion really lies: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…? If only I could…? What if I found…?
Your passion is that one thing are you most willing to spend your time, your talents, your energy and your efforts to pursue, even if you attain to it only rarely and incompletely. What you believe would give you the most pleasure or the greatest joy, if you attained it in life, is your passion. Your passion energises you, invigorates you and galvanises you into action, even when you are tired, discouraged, criticised or opposed. You continue to long for, pursue, and keep on attempting to attain what you are passionate about, despite constant setbacks and disappointments.
Read the last paragraph again and ask yourself honestly, “What’s my passion?” The cell vision we have at Kensington Temple calls for people to be passionate about Jesus and his mission. It expects them to centre their lives around Christ and his call on their lives. It champions whole hearted commitment to cell church as the best way of making, maturing and mobilising disciples.
True spiritual passion comes through the activity of the Holy Spirit. It is he who reveals to us the true identity of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God and the true significance of the cross. Without the Holy Spirit we could never discern the loveliness of Jesus or feel the compelling attraction of the cross. The Spirit inspires, energises and sustains our spiritual passion. The Spirit-filled life is a life of passion. The Holy Spirit wants to re-energise Christians, drawing us away from the scandal of mere ‘Sunday Christianity’. He wants to transform cold, inactive Christians who lack conviction into radical fire-brands of confidence and boldness, passionate about the kingdom of God.