We now have the Passion week in our rear view mirror – the celebration has given way once again to the everyday realities of life. But should the Passion be a rear view event, or should it be front and center of our everyday lives? I know every year we say it, “We celebrate Easter every day…”; but is that true in reality? We live in a culture that enjoys when people get enflamed with passion for many different things, sports, hobbies, eating, fishing, learning…you name it people can get fired up and passionate about it. But the world also loves to see an ardent, “on fire” person go up in flames…as Lokey in Thor Ragnarok says, “Easier to let it burn.” When someone flames out, it reassures us that we have made the right choice in remaining passionless, in order not to burn out.
But God has given us a Passion, His Holy Spirit, that empowers us, motivates and moves us…consumes us, “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) That Passion, when kept in the proper place…front and center, orders and directs all other passions. The center driving Passion for us? I think it just made it to our rear view mirror.