My life goal is to raise up Passionate People. It is not to have a great career or build a large church. It is simply to raise up people who are full of passion.
What do passionate people do? 2 years ago in January 2011 I gave a message about what I thought were 4 things passionate people did. I called it living a life of RISK. I talked and wrote about it for over a year.
R – Relationships (With God and Others)
I – Intercession (A Life of Submission to Him and His will)
S – Supernatural (For The Gifts and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit)
K– Kingdom (Bringing His Principles into the World)
But who are passionate people when they aren’t doing?
This January I want to talk about 3 things that characterize passionate people. You could call them 3P People. What are those 3 things?
A person filled with His presence, His perspective, walking in His power!
Can you imagine what it would be like to be a 3P Christian? If I could walk in these 3P’s I think I would be almost complete in what I need to be a mature Christian.
As a pastor I often ask, “How do I know if a person is healthy spiritually speaking?” In thinking about this question I want to propose that a 3P Person is a worthy goal.
His Presence is why you were created!
Moses asked God in Exodus 33:15, “What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
What a question! Moses was asking what will be different about me and my people? I ask this question in my private thoughts? What is different about me from other people? What makes me special?
What makes us special? The amazing thing is God answered the question in Exodus 33:14. The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
We want His presence in us to Grow for us. This includes hearing His Voice and intimacy with Him. We also want His presence on us for others. His presence on us is the light and life the world needs.
I want His perspective – this is His way of thinking, His way of living, His way of understanding.
To do this we value His principles and His values. It all starts with reading and understanding the Word of God. As we walk in His perspective blessings and progress happens. When we walk in our way of understanding the opposite happens. His perspective brings good fruit.
We have got to have power. Otherwise Christianity becomes dull, rote, boring, and only the most disciplined among us even look like we are living it. There is no way to live a victorious Christian life without the power of the Holy Spirit. We need His power for Fruits of the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Ask for it regularly.
There you go – 3P People. Sounds like a good 2013 New Year’s Resolution. Actually it sounds like a great Life Resolution.
Happy New Year!