This time of year, you are bound to run into someone who is passionately cheering on their favorite college team. Here in the state of South Carolina its either “Go Gamecocks” or “Go Tigers”. If you’re standing beside a passionate fan you can bet they will quickly let you know where their allegiance stands. I’m a huge Gamecock Fan and my older brother is a full blooded Tiger maniac. We both would do anything for each other, but when the two teams play in late November there is no doubt who we’re each cheering for. Now, here is what I know about most passionate fans.
1: You are loud and proud. Passionate fans are known for doing things out of the ordinary. No telling what they might wear on their head, paint on their body, or yell until they’re hoarse. They are full of team spirit and they hope to convince the world that their team is the best.
2: You will do anything to watch the game. You show me a guy who loves his team and I will show you a guy who will just about do anything to watch his team play. Outrageous prices are paid for tickets and parking. Schedules are rearranged and many special events are missed all for the sake of the game. To the passionate fan, watching the game is not an option.
3: You will do whatever it takes to support your team. The passionate fan makes great sacrifices to see his team succeed. He gladly gives up time, money, and even certain relationships in hopes that his team gets a victory.
This all got me thinking about the people of God. Where is the passion? Where is the sacrifice? Where is the relentless commitment that it will take for us to the reach the world for Jesus Christ? Believers, we are all on the same team. Churches we are all on the same mission.
I’m convinced that believers everywhere must rise up and live passionately for their God. Believers everywhere must become willing to do whatever it takes to build the kingdom of God. Believers everywhere must come off the bench and get wholeheartedly in the game. Otherwise, we will continue to see our churches decline and this world will continue to fall apart. Why? Because we’ve lost our passion for what matters most and many actually think a football team winning is more important than soul winning. What is your greatest passion?
“Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. … Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. … – Luke 12:34