Monthly Challenge

What are you passionate about? Perhaps your passion is keeping your yard and flowers gardens just as clean and neat and colorful as possible. Maybe your passion is to keep your car washed and waxed at all times. Some may be passionate about how they dress and present themselves. Others may desire financial success and go after it with an untiring passion. But what about your spiritual life? Do you set spiritual goals for yourself? Do you set out to meet those goals with a driving passion? For example: memorizing scripture passages; reading through the Bible every year; spending more time in quality prayer; building a relationship with your neighbor or co-worker with the hope of leading them to Christ.

It seems today that more and more people are becoming passionate about keeping their bodies in optimal physical condition – and that’s okay – but the apostle Paul points out that there’s something much more important than that. He writes:

1TI 4: (7) ……… train yourself to be godly. (8) For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Although many resolve to take better care of their bodies by eating right and getting consistent physical exercise – yet how many fail to follow through with their goals? For many professing Christians the same is true. They resolve to engage in vigorous, health-giving spiritual exercises – but never follow through with their goals.

One thing we need to remember is that life is very short. Even if we prolong it by keeping our bodies physically fit – life still is short. James says:

JAM 4:14     Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Now there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about one’s yard, one’s car, one’s physical fitness etc. but these things are all very temporal. In light of eternity all of these temporal things quickly fade into insignificance. That being the case, perhaps we should carefully examine our lives asking the question – what am I passionate about? Do I need to set some spiritual goals and go after them with an undying passion? If so, why not start today? Tomorrow or the next day may be too late.

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