What Are We Passionate About?

The apostle Paul’s passion in life was largely driven by concern for the eternal destiny of others. In 2 Corinthians 5, he names three things that fueled this passion:

1) He recognized that he was accountable to Christ for his service and thus desired to give a good accounting at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).

2) Paul was driven by the Christ’s love for him and a desire that others would know that same love (2 Corinthians 5:14).

3) Finally, he understood that a lost and dying world needs a Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; cf. John 3:17; 1 John 4:14).

Beloved, what are we passionate about? Paul’s passion for people was fueled by the love of Christ — and ours should be as well. As a challenge to reaching our God-given goals, Mark Twain once stated: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” (source).

Let’s be willing to “sail away from the safe harbor” and passionately share our love of Christ with someone today! (cf. Acts 8:4-5,26-35; Acts 18:24-28).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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