To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God.
According to WIKIPEDIA, “Passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for someone or something. Passion can range from eager interest in or admiration for an idea, proposal, or cause; to enthusiastic enjoyment of an interest or activity; to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person.”
The word passion from Late Latin passionem (in nominative, passio) means suffering, enduring.
Passion is an emotion that requires action, Passion is compelling. Passion makes us do the impossible. it is the oil that lubricates engine parts to reduce friction and help keep the car running. Without the oil of passion, the car cannot run and people cannot maintain momentum. The secret to fulfilling divine mandate is hidden in our passion. Passion is a formidable force that dismantles any form of obstacle. As Saints, we need a high dose of passion and enthusiasm.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Passion is sparked by love. God’s love for humanity provoked Him to give His all to humanity- His only Son, JESUS. It was not just the Father but the Son also laid down His life for the world. Jesus presented Himself alive after His passion” in Acts 1:3 signifying His suffering. This shows that “passion” is a willingness to suffer for what you believe and for what you love deeply. God in Christ demonstrated his love for humanity while we were yet sinners. What does it mean to love the Lord? Jesus responded “if you love me, keep my commandments.” It is not enough to say “I love you, Lord”; the question is, what is the evidence of that love? It is called obedience. The proof that you love God is your passion to do His will.
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
The key word in the above scripture is “they loved not their lives even unto dead.” Passionate believers are a company of Overcomers who have dealt with the issue of death and are no longer afraid. Living for God is what constitutes their drive. Their only ambition is to do the will of God, and would not be perturbed by what people say. They would settle for nothing less than the mandate of heaven. They want nothing else than to see the Kingdom of God take over the earth. Their resolved is “the earth must become a replica of heaven”. Passion would make you dare and defy the course of this world. Passion will provoke you to take a stand for righteousness.
So, Saints of God, stir up the power of God residing inside of you; awaken yourself to righteousness, “for greater is he that is inside of you than he that is in the world”. Inside you dwells the power of endless life, inside you is the fullness of immortality. Heaven is in your heart and God wants you to release heaven from within you and spread it over your sphere of influence. Within you is the power that can destroy sin and sinful acts; shake off yourself from laziness and excuses, and break out from your comfort zone to shine His light to the world. There are adventures in the spirit! Come into transformative relationship with the Father and let his love purify you. When we become passionate about the hope of eternity, revival breaks out, power is released from heaven and great awakening occurs.
It is passion that turns timid and shy people to become as bold as the Lion of Judah. Passion makes us strong proclaimers of the Kingdom. We must lay down our lives at the brazen Altar and let ourselves to be burnt completely by the fire of His presence. God enjoys the sweet aroma of burnt flesh. We become holy fragrances before Him- living flames of love.