My almost two grandson, William, loves trucks. Actually anything that has wheels and a motor, but most definitely trucks. Every jet that flies over, every car that drives through the neighborhood, every motorcycle, every moving vehicle that he hears in the distance grabs his attention. Earlier this week, I took him to the local airport and we were fortunate enough to see a small jet land while we were there. Wow! You should have seen his face light up. Such enthusiasm!!
William also likes being outdoors. Playing, tumbling, getting wet and dirty. When he and I walk, we look at things like dandelions. He likes to blow the seeds off the stems …….. Well at least he used to. Yesterday he inhaled a mouthful of seeds by accident and got all choked up. He’d rather be outside than anything else, but that is not his passion. His passion is for motor vehicles. Right now at his age all of that is fine; he’s not old enough to have learned much about God yet. But in the future, my hope is that his passion or his zeal will be for the Lord.
Proverbs 23:17-18 (NIV)
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Romans 12:11 (NIV)
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Fervor – now there’s a word you don’t hear everyday. Here’s what it means: It comes from the Greek word zéō which is literally “the sound of boiling water.” So figuratively, it means to be ardently passionate, loving something so much that we are “boiling” with interest or desire; to be deeply committed to something, with the implication of accompanying desire – to be earnest, to set one’s heart on, to be completely intent upon. biblehub.com
God created each of us with different likes and dislikes. A piece of music with only one note would be boring. To that end, he’s given different degrees of talent, knowledge, and ability to every human so that we can enhance the lives of each other. But his ultimate desire for each of us is to be the center of our universe. To be first in our hearts above all other things.
So how is your passion for the Lord? Rapidly boiling? A low simmer? Not on the stove yet?
My prayer for you today is that your hearts will be ignited with renewed love, interest, and passion for God.
What a nice rich smell coming from my hot mug! Cheers!