Nearly every time I sign into Facebook (feel free to friend me), I read all sorts of things that people are passionate about. Some are passionate about soccer (playing or watching). Others are passionate about being green. Some are passionate about weekends (and what they do on the weekends). Others are passionate about homemaking. We are made to be passionate.
I am passionate about serving Jesus and making Him known. Oh, sure, I’m passionate about other things that aren’t as important. I love making bread. The thing is I’m not sure where I would be or what I’d be doing if it wasn’t for my relationship with Jesus. I think I’d be pretty lost. That’s why I want to live my life the way Jesus wants me to live and I want to share with others of Jesus’ gigantic love for them.
A week ago I listened to a guy talk about sacrificing for his church. He made a challenge to us. So here I am a week later thinking about Easter and Jesus and what I can do for my church as a member who is passionate about Jesus. I’ve decided that I’m going to get up early on Wednesday mornings and pray for people – more specifically for people who do not yet know Jesus. I’m fairly sure that if I get up at 5am, no one in the house will wake up. Once a week for one hour I’m going to pray for specific people to know Jesus. (Please email me with a list of people to pray for at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
All of the stuff that happened leading up to Easter is sometimes referred to as the Passion. The word “passion” comes from a Greek word meaning, “to suffer.” Jesus suffered. Am I willing to give up a little sleep to pray for people? I’m going to try. If Jesus was willing to suffer for us, what are we going to do for Him in our churches? This is all about people’s lives being transformed. Think about what you can do and do it.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.