How to Be Set Ablaze for God – Discovering the Root of Passion
When we get a taste for hating sin, we can start to understand the boldness that comes from a heart directed toward God.
Matthew 4:17-19 NLT
…for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
There is an urgency to walking with God. Jesus came and walked with us. His kingdom is upon us. Do we notice? Has it radically changed the direction of our lives (toward Jesus) or are we yet focused on “our living?”
Matthew 4:20-22 NLT
20 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
What may be holding me back from at once following the Lord? Is it fear of something: the unknown? That’s what it typically is for me. For others, like James and John in the following scriptures, it may be helping family members.
Matthew 4:21, 22 NLT
21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
Nothing should keep me from following my King.
Luke 6:46 NLT
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?
If I Fear the Unknown, I Should Run to God
Getting to know God is the key to following Him. I would also say knowing ourselves is key.
John 15:5 NLT
…apart from me you can do nothing.
This knowledge drives me to Him. I need Him…for everything!
Revelation 3:17 NLT
You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
Most people think they need “stuff” to feel secure: new house, car, money, resources, etc. What we need is God.
Matthew 6:25-33 NLT
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Seeking the Kingdom of God is seeking God’s rule—His will—above everything. Living righteously is pressing in to discover that will and following it. That’s the kingdom. That’s the key to unlocking everything we need.
Follow Him with Everything You’ve Got
Once I know God is for me, won’t leave me, and loves me, a passion is unlocked to pursue Him forever. I start to want to do anything or clear any obstacle to ensure my relationship with Him stays intact. In essence, I start to become like Jesus.
Hebrews 5:7 AMP
7 In the days of His earthly life, Jesus offered up both [specific] petitions and [urgent] supplications [for that which He needed] with fervent crying and tears to the One who was [always] able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission toward God [His sinlessness and His unfailing determination to do the Father’s will].
Test your walk with God:
- Am I seeking His will in every area of life (relationally, intellectually, spiritually, in leadership, emotionally, in marriage, financially, career wise, etc.), or am I just doing my own thing—or “winging it” as Pastor Jonathan Brozozog of Passion Church often says?
- Am I spiritually “floating”…doing “what I know,” but not pressing in intentionally to increase my ability to know and reflect Him? What can/will I do to know God and reflect Him more?
My Personal Case
This is so life giving! I’ve done a lot of work to break strongholds that hindered me in my relationship with God. I’m entering a season of spiritual increase where I see and experience God more in my daily life…it’s electrifying! I love not only the nuggets of wisdom He gives, but the intimacy. There’s nothing better than that.