“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” -Matthew 28:19
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved reading stories about missionaries. I’ve always found it inspiring to see people who were so sold out for Jesus that nothing could stop them. They could be thrown in prison, beaten, and even killed, but no matter what happened, they still continued to spread the love of Christ. Nothing and no one could stand in their way. Everyone around them thought they were crazy. I mean, how could someone in a circumstance like that continue to spread God’s love? There is only one answer: they had apostolic passion. When you have apostolic passion,
“The world no longer rules your heart. You are no longer seduced by getting and gaining, but devoted to spreading and proclaiming the glory of God in the nations…The Father’s passions have become your passions. You find your satisfaction and significance in Him. You believe He is with you always to the end of life itself. Satan fears you, and the angels applaud you. Your greatest dream is that His name will be praised in languages never before heard in heaven. Your reward is the look of pure delight you anticipate seeing in His eyes when you lay at His feet, the just reward of His suffering: the worship of the Redeemed. You have apostolic passion!”
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege to volunteer at a home for children called Hidden Treasures in Fuzhou, China. What blew me away the most was how different their Christian life was compared to ours in America. I have never met a group of people with more joy and passion for Jesus. They were so willing to serve the Lord and tell others about Him: they had apostolic passion. In America, that passion is slowly drying up. We live in a culture where everything is about comfort. We are taught that our life on earth should be spent trying to get and gain rather than give. And as our culture has slipped deeper and deeper into this lie, so have we as Christians. We have ignored the command to be Jesus’ hands and feet and are instead only thinking about ourselves. We have become too comfortable. If you want to know if you have slipped into this way of living, ask yourself some questions. Do you go to church to check it off your list, or to help those who are suffering and in need? Do you find yourself lacking joy and contentment? Are you being the hands and feet of Jesus? I know that these may be hard to answer. But I want you to take a step back and take a look at your way of living. Is it centered on Jesus, or on yourself? If you have fallen away from making Jesus first in your life, it is never too late to change that. It is never too late to have apostolic passion.
So, how do we get apostolic passion? The answer is really quite simple: give God all of you. Present your whole self to Him and surrender yourself to His plan for your life (Romans 12:1). Press into God and seek Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (James 4:8). Then, your desires will become His desires. Your goal in life will no longer be about yourself, but to share the love of Christ with every person you meet. You will have apostolic passion. This passion may be dying, but with God’s help, we can reawaken it.
Lord, help us to never stop spreading Your love until every person has heard about Your wonderful name. Help us to make Your desires our desires. Give us apostolic passion!