The Passion to Pursue
by Richard Billingsley
3/11/2016 (Updated 3/14/2016)
3/11/2016 (Updated 3/14/2016)
Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NLT)
This verse was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit. We were given a new heart that would desire to do ALL the ways of God and to follow His decrees.
Therefore, If He puts His Spirit in us so that we will desire to follow His decrees and obey Him. Doesn't it seem odd that we do so many things that have no foundation the ways of God, but reflect the heart of the pagan lifestyle we used to live, following after the ways of this world?
While we may have the Spirit of God within us and a desire to follow His decrees, nothing happens if we don't fan the flames of our own PASSION to follow after Him. If we truly have the heart to pursue the ways of God, then it is our PASSION that gives us the drive and motivation to take action to seek His ways as they are found in the Bible and make them part of our daily life. Without passion we simply sit by saying praise the Lord and letting the old nature carry us along and living in our old traditions of men.
Consider what Jesus said about this to the Church in Ephesus.
Revelation 2:1-7 (NLT)
This letter is to those in the Church today that have let their PASSION fade. The PASSION or LOVE we have toward God is our responsibility to keep on fire. When a couple starts dating each one puts effort into fanning the flames of passion to keep that relationship growing. They get married, but if they don't continue to fan those flames that bought them together, over time the flame of passion fades, the ways of the world (traditions of men) creep in and eventually the marriage falls apart. It is only through the pursuit of passion that the heart stays on fire.
Jesus is warning us that ignoring our PASSION for Him can eventually lead to Him removing us from His body. In Matthew 25 we see it in the five foolish virgins who are left behind, because they did not have the PASSION to prepare, thinking they had enough oil and in the servant who hid His masters gift in the ground, because he did not have the PASSION to truly know his master, thinking he was a tyrant and was eventually cast into the outer darkness. None of us wants to be left behind, but it can happen if we let our PASSION fade.
It is true that the scriptures say everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved (Rom 10:13). But there are many levels of salvation and it is the level of one's PASSION or LOVE that determines the level of ones salvation within the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 25 the last judgment is the judgment of the nations and if anyone has given even a glass of water to one who is a kindred to Jesus (Jew or Christian), they are saved and allowed into the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus. But once in that kingdom they will be required to live according to the ways of God, for those who rebel against Him are destroyed at the end of those 1000 years. God has great mercy and has made it extremely easy to obtain salvation, but that is only the beginning.
For those with the greatest PASSION to pursue after the ways of God and build an intimate relationship with the Jesus, they will become the Bride of Christ and married to Jesus. This means more than most realize for it reveals the destiny of those who are considered worthy to be caught up in the Rapture of the Bride. For those who are Raptured will be married to Jesus and Jesus is God and the Wife of Jesus will become joined with Him and become part of the Godhead within the Kingdom and given power and authority and blessing that the others will never be given access to. They will create new planets and establish new colonies for the people to populate and grow the Kingdom of God throughout the Universe. First in this galaxy and then expand to other galaxies. And there will be many surprises beyond even this, but they will be expressly reserved for those who were Raptured, the Wife of Jesus. This is why it is SO IMPORTANT that we continue to fan the PASSION of our LOVE for Christ, why we seek to mirror our lives to the WAYS OF GOD found within HIS WORD, for we want everything that He has for us. Not just salvation, but the marriage of the Bride. Our souls cry to cast off everything of this world leaving behind its lusts and its pagan traditions and seek to do EVERYTHING He reveals of the ways of God in His word to be filled with the LOVE and the FAITH and the GRACE of God.
I have seen and experienced the power of the life to come. God has shared these things with me, so I could share them with you. I don't want just salvation! I want the PASSION of the LOVE of the Bride of Christ. I want everything God wants to give me. And the only way we get that is to have the PASSION to PURSUE the ways of God in every area of our lives.
Ask yourself, do you truly have the PASSION to pursue the ways of God, or are you simply living the traditions of men, hoping you will get by?
Live in God's LOVE!