What are you passionate about? What sets your soul on fire? This thought runs through my head often.
I adore my job, and I’m quite passionate about it. At the same time, there is nothing on this earth that I am more passionate about than my husband and children. My love and devotion for them cannot be described or
confined in adequate words.
There have been multiple times in the past almost 15 years of having children of my own that I have stood by their bed staring at them. My heart is overly consumed with my love and passion for them.
In those times of complete infatuation with them, God always quietly speaks, reminding me that He looks at me like that. His love for me cannot be described in mere words. He has that “lights my soul on fire” feeling for me, and nothing that I do or don’t do can change that.
The Easter account of the sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross is often called, “The Passion of Christ.” I’ve always struggled to understand that title. The longer I pondered it, the more my confusion became clear. Christ’s passion is US. It is people. John 3:16 reminds us that, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” His passion for us was and is still so strong for us, that He sought us out, even at the price of the suffering and death of his son.
When I truly think on this and reflect on the truth of this love, this passion, and let it become so much more than a story, I accept that He looks at me and loves me even more than I do my own children.
Stop and think on that.
Don’t let the “Passion of Christ” be a story to you. Don’t let, “He loves you,” become common.
He loves you.
HE LOVES YOU.
The creator of the entire universe loves YOU.
He knows your name.
He sees YOU.
He hears YOU.
Let that sink in. Let that consume your heart. There is nothing you can do or have done that will change that.
He loves YOU.
YOU are His passion.
Amazing God, thank you for your love and passion for us. Speak to those who read this in a way that they will hear you, know, and believe that you have a passion and indescribable love for them. Thank you for who you are and how you love us. Help each of us to walk in that belief of your love and passion for us, even when life is not easy. Teach us to love others with a passion that reflects your love for us. Above all, thank you for your passion for us, through sending your Son to die, so we may live. Amen.