There is one thing that really gets me going and that is seeing someone work their gift or talent with passion. Oh, I have seen people operate in the blessings of the Lord with dryness and being very dispassionate about what they were doing, and can I tell you, there is no comparison.
Talent, skill and position can only carry you so far in life because if what you are working in is not a drawing force eventually people will stop paying attention to you; eventually people will become just as dispassionate about what you are trying to put forth. John Maxwell said,
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
I agree wholeheartedly. People want to follow one that gets their soul stirred up. People want to walk the same course as one who is set ablaze for a cause; who is consumed with a yearning to get things done and to excel to be all that God has called them to be.
That word consumes gives the idea of allowing oneself to be spent for the cause. John 2:17 spoke of Jesus in this sense when it says, “And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house has eaten me up.” Other versions actually use the word “consume,” (see also Psalm 69:9). This was said after He overthrew the tables in the temple. His passion for God’s house stirred inside of Him and would not allow Him to pass by and watch what was going on without saying or doing something about it. Jesus spent Himself for the cause of God.
In Psalm 119:139 also talks of being taken over with passion. “My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.” The cause of God was so alive in him that the psalmist couldn’t help but to be cut to the heart when others would come against His word.
Where the Spirit of God operates there can be no dull or dry commitment. It’s all the way or nothing at all. There has to be fervency, (Rom. 12:11). One has to be on fire with and for what God has placed on the inside of them.
“It is the Spirit who gives life,” (John 6:63, NASB). There is no deadness when the Spirit of God is in full operation and if you are passionate about what God has given you, you should be Spirit-led, Spirit-full, and Spirit-alive! You should be on fire with passion!
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Put your all into it! Let what God has placed on the inside of you bubble up and boil over to the outside that men “may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” (Mt. 5:16). The things you do may or may not gain attention but the things you do with passion draws people closer to Him. God gets the glory when people see what He is doing through you and they want to be a part of it.
Live life passionately. Live life like the Spirit of God is alive in you; live life on fire for Him. If you are going to sing, let your voice ring out with a burning love till it reaches the souls of others drawing them in. If you play the drums then beat them like the heart of God beats in you. If you are going to write, write that your words are felt more than they are read. If you are going to preach, preach as if the cloud from the glory of the Lord has already filled the temple beckoning men to take notice of His presence. The same is true for any gift or talent God has placed in you. Whatever you do, whatever your gift, whatever your skill do it with passion!
I don’t know if God is calling you to overthrow some tables but I do know that He is calling you to operate like He’s alive in you. He’s calling you to use your might and be passionate about what He has given you!