CONSUMED BY A PASSION
II COR. 5:14a
December 5, 1993
INTRODUCTION: PASSION: Intense emotion compelling action. A
strong devotion to some object, activity, or concept.
WHY PEOPLE LACK PASSION:
l. They have allowed something precious to
become familiar. After a while, things
become just common.
ILL. Max Lucado: "God Came Near," tells how
he almost lost his 2 year old daughter because she fell in the
pool one day. He took things for granted and wasn't careful.
Here are some
of his words, after the almost tragedy.
"It was only a matter of minutes, maybe seconds. We almost lost
her. The thought was
numbing and convicting.
It was a little bit of hangin'.
The stool was kicked out from under my feet and the rope jerked
around my neck just long enough to remind me of what really
matters. It was a divine slap, a gracious knock on the head, a
severe mercy. Because of it I came face to face with one of the
underground's slyest agents - the agent of familiarity.
His commission from the black throne room is clear, and fatal:
"Take nothing from your victim; cause him only to take
everything for granted."
He'd been on my trail for years and I never knew it. But I know
it now. I've come to recognize his tactics and detect his
presence. And I'm doing my best to keep him out.
His aim is deadly. His goal is nothing less than to take what
is most precious to us and make it appear most common.
To say that this agent of familiarity breeds contempt is to let
him off easy. Contempt is just one of his offspring. He also
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