Since we began the process of adoption, we have been praying for an increased passion for Christ and His kingdom. Are you passionate for Christ? We have been thinking about what that means and how it works out in our lives. We don’t have the whole answer, but we believe part of the answer lies in this:
A passionate believer wants God more than anything else.
Jonathan Edwards, colonial preacher, theologian and Princeton University’s first president, described a passion for Christ as God being the “best portion of a Christian”. In one of his sermons, Edwards asks several questions to test our devotion and passion for Christ. I have paraphrased four of these questions here.
1) What’s the main reason you want to go to heaven?
A) Avoid hell
B) Reunite with friends and relatives that have passed away
C) Be with Jesus
2) Which of the following would you prefer?
A) Live on earth in prosperity and health forever, but never know God
B) Leave the earth and be with Him in Heaven
3) Assuming you would live forever on earth, which of the following options would you choose?
A) Live in earth in Beverly Hills without God
B) Live in poverty in a third world country with Him
4) Assuming you would get to heaven either way, what would you prefer?
A) A life of strict obedience and discipline and intimacy with God
B) A life of ease with minimal contact with Him
I’m sure that many of you can pick out the “right” answers. That’s not the point. The purpose is to show us how our desires for Christ compare to other desires in our lives. As we fall short, we need to repent and cry out to our merciful Father.