Mark 12:30 & Revelation 2:1-7
The creative force behind all great art, drama, music, architecture and writing is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished or sustained in life without passion. Passion is what energizes life. It makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do something with my life today.” Without passion, life becomes boring, monotonous, and dull. God created you with the emotions to have passion and He wants you to live a passionate life. Passion mobilizes armies into action. It causes explorers to boldly go where no man’s gone before. Passion is what causes scientists to spend late night hours trying to find the cure to a dreaded disease. It is what takes good athletes and turns them into great athletes where they’re breaking records.
One day a man walks up to Jesus and he says, “Lord, what’s the most important thing in the Bible?” And you know what the Great Commandment is. We’ve talked about it many times. Jesus said, “I want you to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. That’s the number one thing in life. I want you to love Me passionately.” Nothing else matters if you don’t love God passionately. God doesn’t want you to love Him half-heartedly. He wants you to love Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.
I love the paraphrase of that verse, Mark 11:30, from The Message. “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ The word “passion” in Greek, is the word “heart.” God is saying I want you to put some muscle into it, put some energy, put some emotion into your relationship with Me. Don’t be a wimp about it. Don’t be namby-pamby or half-hearted. Give it all you’ve got. Jesus is saying, “If you’re going to follow Me, you have to do it with passion. You have to give it some oomph, and some enthusiasm. I want you to live passionately.”
In fact, this truth is all throughout the Bible which tells us that we’re to seek God and love Him passionately. The Bible says that we’re to serve, obey and trust God passionately. Then as if you didn’t get the message, in Colossians 3:23 He says, “Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart as unto the Lord and not unto men.” He says, I want you to do everything passionately when it comes to loving Me, serving Me, living for Me.