Reigniting Your Passion for God
Sermon shared by Rick Warren
Summary: God wants us to love him passionately, with all of our heart. Using Mark 12:30 and Romans 12:11, Pastor Rick looks at a list of passion killers, things that rob us of joy, and teaches us how to reignite our passion for God. The service ends with communion
Audience: General adults
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REIGNITING YOUR PASSION FOR GOD
BY RICK WARREN
The creative force behind all great art, all great drama, all great music, all great architecture, all great writing is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion. Passion is what energizes life. Passion makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and go, "Iím going to do something with my life today." Without passion life becomes boring. It becomes monotonous. It becomes routine. It becomes dull. God created you with the emotions to have passion in your life and He wants you to live a passionate life. Passion is what mobilizes armies into action. Passion is what causes explorers to boldly go where no manís gone before. Passion is what causes scientists to spend late night hours trying to find the cure to a dreaded disease. Passion is what takes a good athlete and turns him or her into a great athlete where theyíre breaking records. Youíve got to have passion in your life.
One day a man walks up to Jesus and he says, "Lord, whatís the most important thing in the Bible?" And you know what the Great Commandment is. Weíve talked about it many times. Jesus said, "I want you to love God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength. Nothing matters more than that. Thatís the number one thing in life. I want you to love Me passionately." Nothing else matters in life if you donít love God passionately. God doesnít want you to love Him half-heartedly. He wants you to love Him with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.
I love the paraphrase of that verse, Mark 11:30, from The Message "Jesus said, íLove the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy." Circle the word "passion". That word, 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. Donít be a wimp about your relationship with Me. Donít be namby-pamby. Donít be half-hearted. Give it all youíve got. Jesus is saying, "If youíre going to follow Me, youíve got to go it with passion. Youíve got to give it some oomph, some spark, some zip, some enthusiasm, some zest. I want you to live passionately."
In fact, this truth is all through the Bible. The Bible tells us that weíre to seek God passionately. Weíre to love God passionately. The Bible says that weíre to serve and obey God passionately. Weíre to trust God passionately. Then as if you didnít 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.
Hereís the amazing thing. In America itís ok to be passionate about anything except God. That is not politically correct -- to be passionate about God. I can be passionate about movies. I can be passionate about sports. I can be passionate about politics. I can be passionate about fashions and clothes. I can be passionate about restaurants (and some of us really are). But I cannot be passionate about God. Thatís a no-no.
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