Maybe you missed it but a few weeks ago I preached a message on finding your passion, that thing that grips your heart, guides your life and gives you purpose. Henry Moore, the famous sculptor said “The secret to life is to have a task, something you do your entire life, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is it must be something you cannot possibly do.” Something bigger than ourselves. Something you love and give yourself to.
It would be hypocritical to spend an entire message telling you to have a passion if I don’t have one. And if I’m telling you to have one it would be hypocritical for me to keep mine a secret. Do I have a passion? Am I given to a task, one I do all the time and yet cannot possibly do? I do and I am. Ready to hear what it is? Getting it right. And not only getting it right but also getting it said in the clearest, most winsome words possible. All these things we talk about, all the truths, doctrines, beliefs, and ideas, all the true meanings of every passage, word, and syllable of scripture, I want to get them right. I want to understand them. I don’t want to just believe and pass on what someone told me once upon a time. I want the truth. The Truth. I want to knock the time and place conditioned crust off of what I’ve been handed and get to the very heart of who God is, who Jesus is, how the cross changes everything and why it matters, and a hundred other things. This is my one thing. I think about these things all the time. My mind is occupied with them. My thoughts drift there in the night and turn there in the day. These things, these ideas, are not side issues just for religious people to daydream about. These, and so many other questions and issues, are absolutely central to life. What God is like matters, not just at the end, but every moment of our lives. If Christ on the cross changed the world what that means, and how, matters. I need to understand and so do you.
Take this question as an example. What is the message, the central message of Christianity? That matters, doesn’t it? Do you know? The Christianity I was handed said the central message was about escape. Get your ticket punched, go to heaven and someday get out of here. I now see that the Christianity the Bible teaches isn’t about escape. It’s about invasion. Scripture tells of God coming to live among and in His people so that the world is God inhabited. It’s about heaven coming here not about getting out of here. Accept Christ, God comes to live in you through the Spirit, you (actually we) are the dwelling place of God. It isn’t about hanging on until you escape here. It’s about joining God in His mission to transform the kingdoms of this world into the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ. If you don’t get that you do not know what the message of Jesus is. Pursuing truth matters.
My passion is getting the message of the Bible right and then bringing you with me in discovering that truth and living it. Join me? Come with me? And find your passion, too.