Proverbs 19:2 “Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
There are many passionate people in this world today. Passionate for their favorite sports team. Passionate for their political agenda. Passionate for their right to do drugs. There is not an absence of passion in the world, at least not outside the church. Many of these people seem more passionate about what they believe in than we as Christians appear for what we believe in. Unfortunately they have “desire without knowledge” and it isn’t good. They don’t know the truth about Jesus. Maybe they’ve heard the good news, but if they really knew, their passion would not be misguided.
But all too often, when I look inside the church, at those that do know the Risen Savior, the passion is lacking. We have the knowledge of the One true God and yet we are afraid to let the world know what we believe. I know, we don’t want to offend anyone. We don’t want the focus to be on us. We will just win them with our kindness. That’s all fine and dandy but it doesn’t sound much like the example from scripture.
“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.'” Acts 4:18-19
Peter and John knew what they believed. They had seen Jesus and heard His teachings. They saw the resurrected Christ and knew that He is our Savior. And they could help but to speak of Him. That fires me up! Reading of the faith of the Apostles encourages and challenges me to step out with more boldness.
Lord, let the firs of the Holy Spirit consume me so that all that is left is the unquenchable desire to see your name lifted on high and exalted above all else. Let there never be someone or something that I give more praise to than you. Amen.