Friday, February 10, 2012

Why Aren't You More Passionate?

Feb 9th I wrote about passion as a intense, emotional desire that fuels you to act. This is part of the meaning in this phrase, "Passion to pass love on." We should have an intense, emotional desire to pass love on to others. 

However, there is a play-on words at work here...

...Passion can also mean "suffering."

Merriam-Webster calls this particular definition "obsolete." While I didn't know it was official, it's pretty clear that most people do not the word passion to mean suffer.

Football announcer: Bob, look at #88 down on the field writhe with passion!

The first definition given by M-W uses this "obsolete" meaning to refer to the passion of the Christ. That means it's historically been used to refer to the suffering of Christ between the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. So Christians call the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday "Passion Week". Mel Gibson titled his movie, "The Passion of the Christ" and John Piper his book, "The Passion of Jesus Christ." (Free pdf of book re-titled as Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die)

So why do I bring this up? 

Because...I think the reason we are not passionate (emotionally and intensely motivated) about passing love on is because we do not fully appreciate and understand the passion (suffering) of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It's personal yet. If it is, we are not comprehending it well.

This is one of the main reasons I believe Jesus commanded his followers to "remember" by celebrating the Lord's Supper (aka Communion, Eucharist) when they gather.  

We'll never be passionate to pass love on to others until we begin to understand the passion of the Christ.

Maybe there are others reasons. Why aren't you more passionate to pass love on?