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The Passionate Life (3 of 4)
Series: The Most Interesting Man Who Ever Lived
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Luke 5:4-11 (NIV)
Without Divine Passion . . .
• Life is frustrating
"'Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything...." (Vs. 5a)
• Life is tiresome
"... worked hard...." - Kopiao - to be wearied
• Life is empty
"... haven't caught anything...."
"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness." John 10:10 (NLT)
1. INVITE THE PASSION GIVER INTO MY EMPTINESS
"When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.'" (Vs. 4a)
We are in this series, The Most Interesting Man Who Ever Lived. It's the study of the life of Christ, and today we are talking about the passionate life, because you were made to live passionately, but the problem is life just has a way of knocking the passion right out of us. So we are going to look at the most passionate person who ever lived, Jesus Christ, because Christ felt things deeply when He walked on this earth. Even His suffering and death on Good Friday is called "The Passion". It's Christ's passion, and it was Christ's passion for us that allowed Him to endure the pain of the cross, and when we think about all that Christ did for us, we realize that we should be passionate about Him, but it amazes me that it's okay to be passionate about everything else other than God. I mean it's okay to be passionate about sports (and don't get me wrong, I love sports), but you can yell, and scream, and paint your face, and wear a Styrofoam piece of cheese on your head, and wave a towel, and sit in 10-degree temperatures with no shirt on with your buddies, screaming and yelling, and it's cool. I mean we get so passionate about our sports, but we don't get so passionate about God. Athletes are passionate. Sporting events are passionate. Now I'm not saying we should wear a Styrofoam Bible on our heads when we come to church. I mean I'm not talking about being weird, but I'm saying we should love God passionately. Great athletes are passionate. Did you see after the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots last week, the New York Jets' Bart Scott did a passionate post-game interview. In fact, if you didn't get to see it, it's kinda gone viral now, but here it is:
(VIDEO) To all the non-believers, to all the non-believers, especially you, Tom Jackson, way to have our back Keshon. Anybody can beat Pete. So how did that just feel? It felt great. Poetic justice. We know we are a much better team that we came and represented ourselves, and we were ready to come back and show what kind of defense, what type of team this was, and what kind of character we had. We take a lot of slack.