This weekend Matt and our family traveled to Wilmington and Matt spoke at LifePoint Church. Pastor Jeff Kapusta was on staff at C3 Church as our minister of students until five years ago when God called him and his family to Wilmington to start LifePoint Church. It was a privilege and honor to be there with Jeff and Michelle and the LifePoint family. While we were in Wilmington, Pastor John Siebeling of the Life Church Memphis came and delivered a powerful message at C3 on Passion. If you missed the service, you can listen to it here and watch it here. The songs we worshiped to at C3 this weekend are also listed below.
Romans 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”
As believers, we should set the pace in being passionate. ‘Passion’ is a word that was developed to explain the days and hours leading up to Jesus being crucified on the cross. It was His passion for God’s purpose that led Him to the cross. To keep our spiritual fervor, that means we have to stay hot for God. We can’t let our relationship with the Lord grow cold.
4 Ways to Live Out Our Passion:
1. Love with Passion – We should Love God, Love people and Love life with passion! Christians should lead the way in excitement for life. We should lead the way in loving God and loving people.
Deuteronomy 6:5 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
2. Worship with Passion – The Bible says to ‘shout unto God with a voice of triumph’. God’s word encourages us to express ourselves in worship – to actively participate in worship to the Lord. We don’t have to wait for a breakthrough to celebrate and praise God. We can praise God before the storm, in the middle of the storm and after we’ve come through the storm, and we can do it with passion!
3. Give with Passion – 2 Corinthians 9:7 says that “God loves a cheerful giver”. He loves for us to give to Him with joy and gladness. When we give with passion, we are able to give generously.
4. Serve with Passion – Colossians 3:23 “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”
In Genesis 24 Abraham was growing old and he was seeking a wife for his son Isaac, so Abraham sent his head servant to find a wife for Isaac. On his way, the servant prayed a prayer asking for success in finding a wife for Isaac…
Genesis 24:10-23 “May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
Genesis 24:15-21 “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.”
“Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have had enough to drink. So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful.”
3 Things Flowed into Rebekah’s Life…
1. Opportunity flows out of a second mile attitude. Jesus never preached the minimum. He always preaches about being fully committed and going the second mile. Real blessing is found in the second mile. As Pastor John said, it’s an “And then some” attitude. Rebekah did what was expected, she gave the servant water, but then she went the second mile and watered the camels. It was that commitment to the second mile that drew the sevant’s attention to her.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
2. Significance flows out of a commitment to insignificant things. Rebekah likely took 40 trips to draw water for the camels that day. Drawing water for her family and the servant and the camels was seemingly insignificant. But, because Rebekah didn’t quit, because she didn’t ask someone to fill in for her, she was right where God called her to be doing what He called her to do. Her significance was lifted through insignificant things.
3. Favor flows out of faithfulness. Because Rebekah was faithful, she ran right into her destiny. She was faithfully serving her family and faithfully serving the Servant, and on the way, she walked right through the door God had opened for her. Those same camels that Rebekah watered later ushered her in to her destiny.
Proverbs 28:19-20 “He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.”
Where you are planted, there is abundance available there. Faithfulness is the force that draws abundance out of your land
This Weekend’s Worship Set:
You Deserve – Hillsong Live’s This Is Our God
Kingdom Come – Elevation Worship’s Kingdom Come
The Greatness of Our God – Hillsong’s A Beautiful Exchange
You Are Good – Gateway Worship’s Wake Up the World
You Are Good – Israel Houghton’s New Season