Passions and Pursuits

Re:Verse passage – Galatians 1:11-24 (day two) being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. vs. 14b

What are you passionate about? What is the subject  you could speak extemporaneously on at any moment? We all have them, and I would pray that your first response to those questions is Jesus. But do you put your zeal, your energy, and your thoughts to him or to other things. When you imagine yourself zealously giving a litany of why your ‘thing’ is the best, are you speaking of Jesus? Honest inventory here; we have many passions, but they often have little to do with our Savior. I love cycling and can talk endlessly about riding, my bike, my favorite riders. I love Star Trek and all things sci-if, and yes, I’m the guy that can tell you which episode such and such happened.

I do notice it in others more than myself. I don’t particularly care for college football season anymore. Heresy, I know, but I discovered years ago that all I heard on Sunday mornings through the Fall was passionate discussions about the games the day before. We are much like Paul was. Zealous, eager to share, but with the wrong passion. Hobbies, interests, pursuits are good and noble, and many can lead to deepening out witness if we use them in that way. Let us make every effort to speak with more fervor about our pursuit of Jesus as our love for anything else.

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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