Flavorless, Edgeless, Passionless

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (Matthew 5:13)

If salt loses its flavor, it can’t be made salty again.

If a knife loses its edge, it takes hard work to make it sharp again.

If a Christian loses his passion for God, it’s very difficult to restore that fire.

We need to be wary of anything that blunts or dulls or dampens our passion for God. It’s much easier to lose our passion for God than to restore it.

  • Ajay Grayson

    Thats kind of scary, What steps do you think a Christian should take to regain that passion?

    • kimnoble3

      Hi Ajay–I'm sure you'll get a ton of great counsel here. Might I add that unconfessed and/or unrepentant sin is a passion quencher? Psalm 24:4–5, Job 17:9

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Thanks for asking this questions Ajay. I think it's important to remember at the beginning, that if you have put your faith in Christ, God is for you and delights in you and accepts you only by the blood of Christ. If you try to regain passion without remembering the gospel it can quickly turn into condemnation.

      I think some helpful steps are:

      - Ask God to give you fresh passion and joy. We can't create this in our hearts, we can only receive it from him. So ask God to renew your love for him.

      - Spend regular time in scripture and prayer. We can't create passion but God certainly uses things like his word to stir up love in our hearts.

      - Ask others to pray for you. God responds when we humble ourselves and ask others for help.

      I hope this helps!

  • lisa

    This is why I'm so grateful to be in a church that continually reminds me of what Jesus did for me on the cross. Wonderful music carrying theologically rich lyrics that stir my love for my Savior, faithful pastors whose biblical preaching rehearses the gospel and encourages me toward growth in godliness, and dear friends who draw my attention to God's grace at work. Ajay, I recommend becoming (if you're not already) enfolded in a bible-believing, gospel-preaching church as a big part of the way to regain/maintain a passion for the Lord.

    • Ajay Grayson

      thanks lisa, I am in a very solid church filled with people who love the Lord and stir me towards godliness. there are times when I feel like I'm passionate for God but I never feel like its a continuous thing. I feel like if I was trully passionate about God, then I'd be moving away from these stupid sin patterns that keep bogging me. Joy doesn't seem to come very naturally for me and it's never consistent. Don't know if that makes sense but whatev.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717759199 Scott Newman

    What is passion? How do we get it and keep it?

    I'm a Bible church man (so much so, that if you cut me I will bleed "Bible church"). Our theology is rich, our pulpit and classrooms deeply committed to expository preaching, our friendships authentic and attractive.

    Our deep failure is that we only smolder for a missional life, rarely do we burn.

    Passion is radical.

    • http://twitter.com/stephenaltrogge @stephenaltrogge

      Good question Scott. I would say that passion manifests itself in a number of ways. It manifests itself in a desire to spend time with God in prayer and in the Word. It manifests itself in a desire to see others come to Christ. It manifests itself in a desire for holiness and a desire to honor God in all of life.

      These are things that I always want to grow in. I want my biblical theology to be matched by a deep desire for the things of God.

      Does that make sense?