Passion can change a leader’s life. Read Acts 3.
In several passages in the Bible, Peter, one of Jesus disciples, demonstrated that he was a man of passion. Matthew 14 has a story of Peter leaving a boat during a storm to walk on the water to meet with Jesus; Matthew 16 is where we are told that Peter was the first of the disciples to boldly state that Jesus was the Messiah; and Matthew 26 has Peter stating with conviction that he will never deny his relationship with Jesus. In Acts 3, only a few months after Jesus’ resurrection, Peter and another disciple, John, are entering the temple when they encounter a beggar, who was lame from birth and unable to walk or even stand. When Peter noticed the beggar, using the power God had entrusted to him and proclaiming the healing was done in Jesus’ name, Peter healed the man and helped him to his feet.
Grateful and amazed that he was healed, the beggar stayed with Peter and John when they entered the temple. He was walking without assistance, leaping for joy and praising God. The emotion of the moment must have been electric. The beggar’s actions drew a crowd and Peter, full of passion and with an absolute, unwavering belief that the resurrected Jesus is the promised Messiah, preached a powerful message to the crowd on how to find salvation through belief in Jesus. Passion made up for Peter’s lack of formal education and training.
Passion is intangible. It is defined as a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept. Passion is an internal motivator an energy that comes from within – it is not forced on us from without. It drives us to action. It keeps us going during challenging times. Passion comes from doing what we love to do , from what we believe we are called to do, and when life has a mission. Passion can make the education and training we receive more effective. In Peter’s case, it certainly made the mentoring he had received while with Jesus for three years more effective.
In my personal experience once we become passionate in one area it changes all areas of our life – relationships thrived in my personal life as well as my work life; work didn’t really feel like work; I could hardly wait to get to my work every morning and, even though it sounds contradictory, could hardly wait to get home to my family at night. I did not have any more natural talent and sometimes even worked in areas where I had virtually no training, and yet promotions seemed to come easy. My passion for my work was contagious because the people around me even seemed to perform at a much higher level.
Have you ever experienced the kind of passion that had you jumping out of bed each morning excited for the day ahead? If not, have you ever asked yourself why? There is not one simple formula for finding passion in life, but passion is so valuable that wise leaders will seek those areas of work and play that bring out their passion as if it were lost money or a hidden treasure.
Hebrews 12:1–2 (ESV) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”