A couple years ago, Sonya and I were driving to a hike in the Buffalo River area. This area is the most beautiful place in Arkansas and the scenery is breathtaking. As we were driving back through the country, I noticed this church that was hidden behind weeds and brush. As you look at the picture, you see that it is overgrown, unkempt, and neglected. It sparked a thought within me. Where had the people gone and where had the passion for this country church escaped to? I realize that this is a rural church in a small community, but someone started it with a passion to reach people and now, where had that passion gone?
When looking at this picture, I am reminded of the words of John:
John 2:17 NLT, “Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
In our society today we have a passion for a lot of different things. Sports, education, media and movies, food, relationships, and everything that brings us pleasure. Jesus was known, from the beginning of His ministry, for His passion for God’s House.
Here is a fulfillment of a prophecy,” Passion for God’s House will consume me.” This begs the question, “Does a passion for Gods House consume us?”. If we are passionate about things of this world, how much more should we be passionate about the things of God.
We should be passionate for God’s house in the following areas:
1. Passionate to GO to God’s House.
Are we faithful to His House or do we let other things keep us away? We must be careful that we don’t let things keep us from corporate worship.
2. Passionate to PRAY for God’s House.
How often do you pray for your church? If we belong to a church then we should pray for the church, its pastors and leaders. There is no greater way to impact the church than to pray for it. Pray equals power.
3. Passionate to GROW in God’s House.
There is an old saying that says we should bloom where we are planted. Are you planted and blooming in church? It is difficult to mature spiritually apart from the church. Now, this doesn’t mean that it is the church’s job to make you grow. You have to feed yourself. But growth happens at a greater pace when you are linked with other believers. Being taught and ministered to. You grow when you are feeding yourself at home and then blooming in a Bible teaching congregation.
4. Passionate to SERVE in God’s House.
If you belong to a church, are you serving in that church? Everyone is called to ministry. We must use our giftings to serve others. People who are passionate for Gods house serve in God’s House.
5. Passionate to BUILD God’s House.
When is the last time you invited someone to church? It is not solely the pastor’s responsibility to build God’s House, it is everyone’s. The pastor equips the saints for the work of the ministry and the saints minister. It means that every church member is a builder. Building by inviting and building by serving.
We all need to grow in these areas. Find where you are lacking and work diligently to grow in passion for God’s House. Let us be passionate for God's House and for the work of His Kingdom.
Danny and his wife, Sonya, have been lead pastors at Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Arkansas since 2008.