The Story Part 31 - Move that Bus!
Key Bible Reference: Revelation Chapters 2 and 3
The Big Idea: God is passionate about us and his passion never wanes or leaks...he longs for us to be passionate in return.
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What are you passionate about? Does that passion ever wane? It’s tough isn’t it, passion always wanes, vision always leaks, because the stuff of life gets in the way. How do you keep the passion burning bright? And if you are a Christian how do you keep the passion for God burning bright?
God has a passion and it burns bright and it never wanes and it never leaks, because God’s passion is you, you and me, human beings.
In the last few weeks in this series, we have been learning that the church is the agency through which God continues his pursuit of people. But he has some warnings to the church in some letters that are written in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
In the first of the letters, to a church in Ephesus Jesus says this: “You have forsaken the love you had at first” See Revelation chapter 2 verses 2 to 4. Click here to read it.
Then in the final letter to the church in Laodicea, Jesus rebukes them for being lukewarm, it literally makes Jesus sick – see Revelation chapter 3 verses 14 to 20. Click here to read it.
So how do we keep our passion hot?
I think that the answer is very simple, but very profound and the answer is simply – remember.
Remember God’s story. Remember that right at the beginning, God created…he created everything, but human beings rejected him when they ate the fruit from the tree that God had told them not to. They rejected a life with God and decided to go their own way. But God pursues human beings because there is a tree of life waiting for them. The tree of life that is waiting in heaven for all who open their arms to receive God and heaven will be a place where there is no suffering, no pain, glorious, everlasting life with God.
Remember that in the middle of God’s story is the crucifixion tree where Jesus hung so God’s pursuit plan could redeem us, forgive us and restore us into a relationship with God.
The way to keep our passion hot is to have such a compelling vision of who God is and what he has done that the fires can’t be doused. To have such a compelling vision of heaven and the tree of life that life doesn’t distract us and pull us away from that passion.
God hates lukewarm, it makes Jesus sick. That’s the bad news, but the good news is that the answer is a simple one – remember.
God’s story in the Bible paints pictures for us of who God is and reminds us of what he has done, so we better engage with it. Getting together with other people in gatherings like this or like small groups is a great way to remember and to stoke the fires of passion. It’s so simple and it is the antidote to the stuff of life that so often douses the flames of passion. Remember what God has done and what awaits those who follow Jesus. Have such a compelling vision that we burn bright and hot.
Questions and reflections (to think about on your own or to discuss in your small group)
1. What are you passionate about? Does your passion sometimes wane and leak?
2. What about God? Are you passionate about him?
3. How does it make you feel to know that God is passionate about you?
4. Why does our passion for God so often wane and leak?
5. How does it make you feel when you hear that Jesus is rebuking these churches for losing their first love and for being lukewarm?
6. What can you do to ensure that you remain passionate about God?
7. Do you agree that remembering helps? How can you have such a compelling vision of God and of heaven that it keeps your passion hot?