Have you ever been so “on fire” for the Christ that you just cannot help but bubble up with excitement? This weekend I had the privilege of witnessing my 8 year old be “on fire” for Christ. It was an awesome experience. I have gone to weekend retreats that have ignited my passion for Christ. I have heard sermons at church that have inspired me to be Christ-like to others. I have participated in bible studies that gave me the insight of God’s Word and sparked that fire that was slowly burning down in my life. Yes, I know what it is like to feel that excitement that Christ is back in town!
As I looked down at Katie at the ceremony for her First Communion, she was smiling from ear to ear. She was jumping for joy to get up to that altar. She just couldn’t contain her excitement. It made me think that I need that again in my life. I need that passion and excitement for Christ. How in the world can I get back to that?
Think back to the first time you met your spouse. It was exciting, passionate and wonderful. You were “on fire” for each other. As you grew in your love, your love changed. You became best friends. It was a different passion. It was deeper and more meaningful. Losing your spouse would actually take away a part of you. You had become one. You have children and then your love is spread throughout your family. You and your spouse spend time with your kids, and less time with each other. All of the sudden, you feel like something is missing in your life. You realize that you have dedicated all this time to your kids and your work. Where is your spouse? Where is the passion? It got lost in your everyday chores and somehow you forgot to spend time with each other – alone time.
Our relationship with Christ is the same way. Once we allow Christ into our hearts, our lives and our souls, we become one with Him. It is only natural that we will become engulfed in activities that take us away from Christ. All of the sudden we feel like something is missing from our life. Nothing is fulfilling anymore. Nothing can satisfy our need for unconditional love. Nothing seems to offer extended joy.
When I stop finding room for Christ in my life (and I am talking about more than church here), I lose my energy to conquer my daily activities. When I push away alone time with Christ and His Word, I become completely absorb in my own selfish needs and desires. I think that I am exhausted from raising my kids and tending to my husband, but that is just not the case. I am self absorbed in my life and I have pushed Christ to the side. I have lost my passion for Christ. I have dedicated my life to the world and decided that alone time with Christ isn’t important.
At this point, I try to pinpoint what is taking me from Christ. What is moving my attention from time in prayer to worldly desires? Now, eliminate that activity. No joke, eliminate it. If something was taking me away from my husband, the first thing I would do is erase it from my life. Christ is no different. If Pete said to me, I need you here at home tonight. I don’t care what I had planned, I would be there. If I knew that our relationship relied on me being at home, then I would be at home. Period. I should be doing the same for Christ.
In order for us to get back to our passion for Christ, we must find out what is taking us from Him. We must be honest with ourselves. A retreat weekend for me does the trick. Probably because it removes me from my everday, selfish activities and it places my focus on Christ. So if you are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or unfulfilled; spend some much needed time with Christ. Let your passion be rejuvenated. Feel His presence once again.
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies bas a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.