Passion for Your Church
by Caleb Breakey
You have the power to influence others with your passion for church—and it’s greater than you think. Just imagine what would happen if your life mirrored the examples in Scripture.
What might ignite if you desired transformation in your church and prayed for those who’ve neglected the true, simple call of Christ (Romans 10:1-4)?
What might change if you crushed every last fiber of spiritual conceitedness inside yourself that makes you think you’re better than people in the church (Romans 11:25-26)? If you met with the people in your church regularly, encouraged them, and prompted them to love others and do good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25)?
Would lukewarm believers turn red-hot if you loved your church—and didn’t sin even when you were angry with it (Ephesians 4:25-26)? If you bore them in love and made every effort to keep unity with them (Ephesians 4:1-3)?
Would Christ look attractive to the world if you carried the failings of your church and equipped yourself with the endurance of Christ (Romans 15:1-7)? If you devoted yourself to them in love, honoring others in your church above yourself (Romans 12:9-12)?
Would frustration and bitterness recede if you accepted weak believers in the church without quarreling with them over disputable matters (Romans 14:1-4)? If you refused to pass judgment on them or put stumbling blocks in their way (Romans 14:13)?
The only way we’ll ever find out is if we exude passion for our churches.
- Passion for your church means becoming electric to the stagnant, committed to the withdrawn, fearless to the fearful, loving to the judgmental, giving to the consumer, and accepting to the rejecting (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
- Passion for your church means clothing yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, not only putting up with each other’s quirks, but accepting them as well. And forgiving freely. And most of all, doing all things in love, which binds us in unity (Colossians 3:12-14).
- Passion for your church means letting the peace of Jesus rule in your heart. And being thankful. And letting the message of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish others (Colossians 3:15-16).
- Passion for your church means gently restoring people who are caught in the various sins of the church and carrying each other’s burdens, being careful that you yourself aren’t led astray (Galatians 6:1-2).
- Passion for your church means warning those who are idle and disruptive in the church, encouraging those who are disheartened, helping the weak, and being patient with everyone (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
- Passion for your church means thinking modestly of yourself and with sober judgment so you’ll never become conceited as though you were God’s gift to ugly church people (Romans 12:3).
And passion for your church means accepting the one whose faith is weak without quarreling over disputable matters (Romans 14:1). Seeking good for others, not yourself (1 Corinthians 10:24). Because “whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men” (Romans 14:18).
It’s time for passionate lovers of Christ to make every effort in our churches to do what leads to peace and mutual edification, and refuse to destroy the work of God (Romans 14:19-20). It’s time to put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, and bear one another’s burdens, never ceasing to forgive each other (Colossians 3:12-14).
If we want to make a difference in this world, we must radiate passion for our churches.