Pain and Passion

Why does toilet paper need commercials? Is there someone not buying this stuff?

That moment when the steak is on the grill and you feel your mouth watering. Does a vegan feel the same way when they mow the lawn?

 

Have you ever crushed your hands? Well, I have and let me tell you, it hurts!

Recently, I was working on the garage door and the cable snapped.

My left thumb and two fingers on my right hand were cut so deeply the doctor was not sure if I would get to keep them.

Thankfully, after sometime—and healing—I am much better and feeling has returned to all digits. 

Ok, so here is the crossover. As I was standing there in my garage with blood running everywhere, no other thought entered my mind than the intensity of the pain. Trust me, at that moment, all I wanted was the pain to stop—and stop right NOW!  

Have you ever had your heart crushed?
Well, I have and let me tell you, it hurts!
Trust me, at that moment, all I wanted was the pain to stop—and stop right NOW!

You see, pain often reveals the root of our TRUE passions.

As I stood there bleeding from my hands, there was an intense pain that fueled my passion to cry out, “This hurts. Help me!” 

In this life you will have your heart crushed.

However, it is what we do next that really matters.

Example to consider: as Jesus was having his heart crushed on the cross, He cried out “Father, forgive them.”

When intense pain was in Jesus' life—and He was REALLY being crushed –the pain revealed His deep love for you and for me.

When He was suffering the most intense pain of His life, He cried out not for help for Himself but for us!

If Jesus had cried make it stop, IT WOULD HAVE!

However, what He really wanted—His passion—was for you and for me to be free from the pain of sin.
So he took the pain.  

Hebrews 12:2 says,
“Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame…” 

This verse tells us the root of his very being.
His passion was the Joy of knowing we would be reconciled back to God. And for that passion, He was willing to endure the pain.

Pain indeed reveals the roots of our true passions. In your spiritual relationship with the Lord, what is the root of your true passion?

When your heart is being crushed, do you think of others or just yourself?

Do you say make it stop, or do you cry out, Lord give me the strength to go through this for your sake and for others?

Go give em Heaven,

I love you all,
Pastor Scott