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Isn’t Passion enough?

The Moravians of centuries ago were a people sold out to the Lord. Many of them would sell themselves into slavery in foreign lands. Traveling as slaves, on slave ships, they headed to their new destination. They did this so that they could reach unevangelized people groups. They had a passion to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a commitment to the Lord and His Kingdom. As they were loading themselves on these ships they would sing a song. The words to this song are:

I lay my life down
I lay my self down
I lay my crowns down at Your feet
To win for the Lamb the rewards of His suffering
To win for the Lamb the lost
To win for the Lamb the rewards of His suffering
And take up the cross

–Robert Henderson, Operating in the Courts of Heaven

Having great passion, in and of itself, may be praised in our culture, but as Christians I believe it’s simply not enough. With the Moravians, you have people powerfully touched by God’s heart for the lost.

The passion created didn’t drive them to go condemn everyone else’s actions or behavior. It didn’t pressure them to boycott businesses they didn’t like. This passion expressed itself in selflessly laying down their own rights so someone else can hear the truth.

That’s humbling.

Why is that? We certainly see passionate people in churches, in politics, in entertainment, in science, in schools and universities. The chorus seems to grow louder every day, but Jesus never called for His followers to be the loudest voice.

“To win for the Lamb the rewards of His suffering.”

That phrase has been lodged in my brain the better part of a week. I believe what made the Moravians’ passion (and others like them) so different was both recognition of Christ’s sacrifice as well as willingness to sacrifice on their part.

Yelling over everyone else in the name of passionately serving Jesus isn’t a sacrifice, or even if it is, it’s not a wise sacrifice. You make people defensive and antagonistic as they feel alienated. On the other hand, to do whatever it is your passion for God and others demands in true service and love will mean eternal impact.

I truly believe winning for the Lamb the rewards of His suffering is evangelism, yes, but encompasses everything and everyone. We need passionate people in churches, in politics, in entertainment, in science, in schools and universities–everywhere–while living that passion through the prism of the cross and sacrificially loving the world.

You and I are to transform the culture in which we live. One person isn’t going to cut it. One church won’t either. We need a reformation of people wisely passionate, completely committed to personal sacrifice that shows the love of Christ.

People unafraid to make bold, “ridiculous” decisions in order to win for the Lamb… I want to be one of them–living in light of the Lamb’s sacrifice and offering myself in return.

How about you? What are your thoughts on this?


  1. I never knew that about the Moravians, Jason -- such a humbling example of what it really means to be serve the Lord. May we all live in the light of Jesus’ sacrifice, and offer ourselves as a living sacrifices to Him.

    • Definitely a hardcore approach! Our sacrifice in His hands translates into eternal impact. Blessings to you too (and welcome back from your trip!). Thanks so much, Martha.

  2. It is a humbling thing knowing Jesus died on the cross for us. Many of us don’t realize how big that is. Few of us think of returning that. Our lives are God’s, and by living our lives for Jesus we are sacrificing our lives for Him. Thank you Jason! May God Bless You!

    • Absolutely right, Jaylynn. I want to live and give everything for His glory. Thank you!

  3. Great heart and insight, Jason. It really is all about humility and it’s demonstrated first by God Himself, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    It must take a great deal of humility to grant breath to those that use it to curse Him. And yet He loves and it starts first with humility. Exactly what we’re called to be and do.

    Good one.

    • Yeah, a great point. He saw the potential in us and still let us choose sin and destruction or love and humility. The God of hope is obviously full of hope that we’ll choose Jesus. Why does that other stuff even look tempting?! Thank you, Floyd.

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