When I wasn’t yet a born-again Christian, my work was my passion. It was what defined me. My name was synonymous to it. My world revolved around it, not only because it consumed much of my time, but it also consumed my heart and mind. There are many things in this world that can possess our whole beings and consume us, without us ever realizing it (though there are also people of the world who seek to be consumed by their own passions and be swallowed whole by them). But even the people of God are not immune to such passions.
I’ve been thinking much about it lately, that when we become passionate about things that steal our time for God, both in our hearts and minds and in our deeds, these things become idols to us. What could we be so passionate about that would dilute our fervent devotion to God? I can think of many things: work, business, relationships, hobbies, pastimes, material possessions, and yes, even the talents God gave when used inordinately. In the authorized King James Version of the Bible, a part of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians reads like this:
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Col. 3:5)
Notice that it mentions inordinate affection, which I believe, very well covers our subject matter. The Free Dictionary defines inordinate as “exceeding reasonable limits; immoderate; not regulated; disorderly; unrestrained in conduct, feelings, etc. (for example, an inordinate lover of antiques); uncontrolled.”
I also thought about covetousness as the source of idolatry and analyzed that covetousness doesn’t only mean excessive desire of possessing worldly things, but also other things which we might not have given much thought, such as coveting the world’s admiration, or people’s approval, or men’s love and attention, or visceral happiness and sensual pleasures, etc. I looked up covetous in the dictionary and it is defined as, “marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess, for example, covetous of learning.”
One morning last week as I praised and worshiped the Lord, I was suddenly caught up in a strong desire to cry out to Him, “My Lord Jesus, be my life’s passion! Be my heart’s greatest desire!” I begged Him as He pried open my heart, saw what’s in there and whispered, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Rev. 2:4).
I pray that my deepest desire is to be passionate about Jesus. For He is ever passionate about us, though we have yet to grasp its depth. We just have to think about the cross, examine His words, and look at His works and enduring mercy in our lives, and we would know that God is passionate in His love for us.
May the Savior Jesus Christ be our deepest hunger and the only One who can satiate it. Listen, for He may just be knocking at your heart’s door and whispering, “I have somewhat against thee.”
My Lord Jesus, I just want you!
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