“Passion is loving something enough to suffer for it.”
Jurgen Moltmann said this. Moltmann is a German theologian whose written works focused on the snZZZZZZZZZZZ….
Did you fall asleep already? Does a word like “theology” instantly induce Nyquil-like drowsiness? Did you almost nod off AGAIN because I wrote the same word twice??
I stumbled across this quote the same day that I was reading from Adam Hamilton’s Final Words From The Cross. Good book. It’s short, too (which is what some people have as a qualification for what determines if a book is good or not).
Jesus’ road to the cross is called the Passion. (Hence the provocative Mel Gibson movie title.) Jesus willingly enters a difficult journey of rejection, pain, and suffering because He loves us enough to suffer. For us.
What do you have passion for? A lot of people will answer that question and refer to their family members or favorite sports team. But how often do we describe ourselves as suffering for Jesus—because we are passionate about Jesus?
I know I wouldn’t describe myself like that much at all. Some might say that about me—maybe—but I’m not satisfied with where I’m at with this kind of thing. This quote makes me want to test my resolve, but as soon as that thought creeps up in my head, I automatically turn into an excuse factory. No one likes to suffer. There isn’t a button to click on Facebook for that. Yet that is exactly what Jesus calls us to do, if we love Him.
Luke 9:23-25: “If anyone would come after me, they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for a person to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?”
As we find ourselves about halfway through Lent, ask yourself if you’re willing to suffer for Jesus.