What Is Your Passion?
Friday, January 24, 2020
“Will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaits the righteous and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master's service?” – C.H. Spurgeon
It baffles – and bothers – me to no end.
To what am I referring? The frustration of seeing Christians (and Christian men in particular) who get excited about temporal things such as fishing, football, and food, but not about eternal matters. Let me give you a “for instance”.
Our Risk Takers for Christ basketball team has a full schedule for 2020 that includes 10 trips to 10 different correctional institutions throughout Florida as well as four joint ministry events in partnership with another organization. We are also considering accepting invitations from several prisons in Kentucky to minister there later this year.
You would think that Christian men, at least those who understood the realities of heaven and hell, would be chomping at the bit to participate in as many of those trips as possible, right? Wrong! Whereas we have some very dedicated players and non-playing volunteers involved in our ministry, we always seem to be short-handed when it comes time to minister behind bars. That is especially true when we have a longer-than-normal day that requires us to be on the road by 4:30 AM, like last Saturday’s trip to Putnam CI in East Palatka.
But, as Spurgeon puts it, shouldn’t the awfulness of hell “quicken” us? And shouldn’t the awesomeness of heaven do likewise? How about the certainty that one day we will stand before God and give an account for how we spent our Saturdays? Did we pass up an opportunity to minister to the “least of these, My brethren” because the fish were biting back home? Or did we fail to visit those in prison (see Matthew 25:36) because our favorite team was playing on the boob tube?
William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, once said, “Some men’s passion is for gold. Some men’s passion is for art. Some men’s passion is for fame. My passion is for souls.” I couldn’t agree more.
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.” John 4:35 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President