There are times when I lose my enthusiasm for Christ. Before you judge me, think about yourself for a moment. Are there seasons in which you lose your passion for thing of God? Why is this? He is the King of all kings! He has saved us from ourselves! He has provided us with every spiritual blessing; the Lord protects us from evil, creates in us a new heart, and pours out His unconditional love. The list is long!
How is it that I can get bored with my faith or my God when He’s given me so much?!
Honestly when I stop and ponder who my King is, I can’t help but fall in love all over again. I think that’s the key for not growing bored. I must meditate on God’s goodness every day. But the truth is I often get distracted by the trappings of this world. Once my attention is elsewhere, it’s not long before I’m headed down the wrong path. Suddenly, instead of depending on God for all things, I begin to rely on myself. Oh, I’m still going to church, reading my bible, doing ministry, and praying for my family and others. But I notice something different… my joy is gone. My peace is gone. My faith grows weak. Doubt invades. And my interest in spiritual things reaches an all time low. It’s as if I’m living out of duty instead of passion.
This morning, I was reading Philippians 3: 4-8. I encourage you to check it out. I thought about the apostle Paul as I read. He was a good Jew—just as I’m a good Christian. He flawlessly kept the law—just as I strive to obey God’s law as well. Yet when Paul met Christ on the Damascus road, he realized everything he was living for was taking him down the wrong road. For that reason, Paul counted everything he knew—his education, his achievements, his pursuits and dreams, and his possessions worthless. His sole pursuit would be to know and serve Jesus.
I realize that this is a familiar story to some of you, but it’s worth revisiting. Like Paul, my attention can turn from knowing and serving God to simply living for myself, my goals, my family, my ___________. When I place everything else before Christ, I’m going to lose passion for knowing Him. I want to be like Paul. I want to live for Christ alone. I want to live large for God. I want to live so passionately for Him that others will be drawn to and long for what I have.
What about you? Do you, like Paul, place Christ about everything else in your life? If you’re not sure, ask yourself the following questions:
How do you spend your time?
What dominates your thoughts?
Where are your priorities?
What motivates you?
If Jesus is the most important thing in your life and mine, then our life will revolve around getting to know Him more and more. As we do, our passion will grow more and more. And with Paul, we will be able to say we’ve discovered, “the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus!”