Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Some of the sad things in life are weak coffee, warm beer, food without garlic, onions and tomatoes and people who don't love red racing cars. This speaks of a life without passions. A life of mediocrity.
Some people live a beige life. A well known and very colourful preacher said he would rather die than be caught in the colour beige. He says; "It's like kissing your sister. There's just no buzz in it."
I want to encourage you to be passionate about a few very important things. Passion need not be reckless and excessive because this can lead to destruction and pain. I am encouraging you to lead a life that is purposeful and directed.
One cannot be passionate about everything. Some of the chores of life like dishes, cutting the lawn, changing nappies and tax returns just have to be borne.
One can also be passionate about the wrong things which lead to harm. We need to find the right passion.
A PASSIONATE MAN
"In a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." (1 Corinthians 9:27)
Life offers certain prizes. I believe job satisfaction is one. Being passionately in love with your wife for the rest of your life is another. Seeing your children grow up without too many difficulties and find their own identity and role in life is another. On the other hand one can work, live and love aimlessly, even as Paul says one can run aimlessly. Life can just carry on.
HOW TO RUN? - HAVE THE RIGHT CLOTHES
Most of us can see the difference between a runner and a jogger. The guy's weight will often be a dead give away. The passing motorist may shout. "Leave the tyre at home". A runner does not run in North Stars and his old school rugby jersey. The clothes are designed to give as little resistance as possible. Paul again advises us in Hebrews 12:1;
"Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
People with direction and passion throw off things that hinder. It's pruning time. You can't watch 4 hours of TV a day and get very far.
Passionate people are disciplined. They say no to things that hinder and entangle. This is the year of discipline.
Passionate and disciplined people recognise sin and remove it.
Passionate people run with perseverance. Bill Clinton is called the "come-back-kid" because he survived so much adversity. Someone said of him; "He learned that just by showing up, half the battle was won". You have to show up at the race to have any chance of winning. People who show up get used and make a difference. They stick in there.
WHERE ARE WE RUNNING TO?
WE NEED DIRECTION ABOVE ALL ELSE
"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly."
We could be passionate about the very wrong thing. These are not passions but addictions. People of God have to focus their passion on God and others.
"Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ... The second is like it; 'Love your neighbour as yourself." (Matthew 22: 36-39).
Jesus' command to love with "all your heart, soul and mind" calls for great passion. God must be your greatest passion.
God is your compass and without Him you have no hope. Without God we are hopeless, directionless, passionless, loveless, lifeless, and life is meaningless and tasteless.
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR?
Firstly the person you wake up next to every morning. Love your wife passionately. Secondly the people sleeping in the rooms down the passage. "Throw off everything that hinders" you from loving them with all your heart, soul and mind. Then the people in your church, and then fellow workers.
Date Added: 2008-07-29
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