7 Things that Kill Our Passion for God

Not many Christians are passionate about God! We would be lying if we said that God was always our priority because the fundamental definition of sin is putting something before God, and the Bible constantly reminds us that sin is an inevitable probability (Romans 3:23). 

Even though the temptation is ever-present, as Christians, we are constantly reminded that God should be the most important thing in our lives (Matthew 22:36) and we must serve him passionately with all our hearts (Mark 12:30). 

So, what happens? We get baptized, we take communion and we are off! 

We are on fire for the Lord! We change everything about ourselves, we stop listening to that music or watching those shows, we read our Bible every day and we go to church as much as possible. 

We praise God on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, putting together “I once was lost but now I am found” collages and just professing Jesus everywhere.

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Then a few days/weeks/months’ pass and we are a less energized version of hyper-Christian selves. Church doesn’t seem as great; other Christians look more flawed than before and our once unbreakable resolve starts to erode and before you know it, we just start to go through the motions. 

So how do we make sure that we are passionately serving God? Keep reading, in this post we share 7 Things that Kill Our Passion for God.

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Scripture 

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. (Romans 12:11) 


Context 

Paul believed that Christian doctrine was meant to influence Christian practice; and therefore, after the fundamental and profound exhibition of the central truths of Christianity which occupies the earlier portion of this great Epistle, he tacks on, with a ‘therefore’ to his theological exposition, a series of plain, practical teachings. 

The great principle which covers all conduct and may be broken up into all the minuteness of practical directions is self-surrender. 

Give yourselves up to God; that is the Alpha and the Omega of all goodness. 

So, after Paul has laid deep and broad the foundation of all Christian virtue in his exhortation to present ourselves as living sacrifices, he goes on to point out the several virtues in which such self-surrender will manifest itself. 

Why do we need to be passionate about God?


No one will work long at a task that his/her heart is not in; or if he/she does, because they are obliged, the work will be uninspired. 




What is passion?


When most people consider passion, they envision sparks, desires, or an all burning love for something or someone. They view passion as an irresistible feeling that motivates and guides us. 

That is the world’s view of passion, which many of us have experienced that passion for a person, place, or thing in our lives. 
That passion, however, is nothing more than lust and, if we are honest with ourselves, is generally motivated by self-righteous interests. 

The world, however, tells us that it is acceptable to be passionate about anything but Christ. Over the years, images of Christians as “Bible thumping hypocrites” have scared many believers away from following God. 

R.E.A.L. passion is something that burns steadily; there’s desire but it is a low constant flame. It’s a desire to try, a desire to continue, a desire to stumble on even when you have no idea where you are going and what you are doing. 

 
7 Things that Kill Our Passion for God


1. Unbalanced Schedule (Psalm 127:1-2)


Either you are overworked or underworked. In either instance, you will eventually lose our passion for God. 

Understand that life is a series of seasons (Psalms 139:16). 

The Bible tells us there is a season for everything and we need both rest and work. Too much of either will cause us to lose our passion. 

Some of us suffer from Compassion fatigue—we stopped caring about God, other people, or anything because we burned out from too much work or too much service. 

Some of us are the exact opposite, we always take but never give. We go to Bible study, listen to teachers, videos, etc. but we never use any of the things we learn. We view church like it is a restaurant where we are supposed to be served and fed, while never looking to serve/feed others. 

Bible study without ministry is dangerous because the more we know about God’s plan for our lives the more responsible we are for that knowledge (James 2:17). 
The more we know, if we don’t do anything about it, we are simply increasing our judgment. 


How do we fix an unbalanced schedule?


Focus on spiritual balance. 
It’s the same principle as being healthy—we must balance between: 
(a) worship (private and corporate); 
(b) fellowship; 
(c) personal Bible Study;
(d) ministry; and 
(e) missions/evangelism. 

If we favor one of these activities more than the others, then we will become unbalanced and lose our passion. 

2. Unused Gift (1 Peter 4:10)


An unused talent will cause you to lose your passion for life and your passion for God. 

Why did God bless us with talents, gifts, etc.?


God gave each of us certain talents, abilities, characteristics, and gifts that were intended to be used for the benefit of other people. We are called to use our gifts for the benefit of others. 

If we don’t use our gifts we are going to lose our passion. God did not give us special abilities just to sit on them and do nothing about them. 

EX. If you are stuck in a job that does not use your talents at all you are inevitably going to lose your zeal and zest for that job. 

Each of us should live our lives using the gifts the Lord has given us in ministry (Romans 12:6) 

Ministry exists as a method for us to use our gifts to the glory of God. 

Are you using your gifts for God?


Many of us are not fulfilled even though we are serving in a ministry because we are not using our skills, talents, and gifts in our ministry. This is rooted in one of two reasons: (1) We are serving in the wrong ministry; or (2) We are waiting for someone to force us to serve. 

o It is not the pastor, reverend, elder, deacon, or ministry leaders job to provide you with an opportunity to serve, it is your job and yours alone. 

3. Unconfessed Sin (1 John 1:9)


Few things rob us of joy, confidence, and passion more quickly than guilt. 

Here is how guilt works to remove our passion: We do not walk around thinking about our sin. In fact, we rationalize it consciously and make excuses for it like “It’s Okay, everybody is doing it!” 

But subconsciously it gnaws at us. Subconsciously whenever it gets quiet that guilt pops into your mind. Subconsciously right now as I am talking about it, it begins to pop into your mind. 

We cannot feel passion and guilt at the same time because guilt—by its very definition—robs us of passion (Psalm 38:4,6) 

We are not made to live with guilt. God did not design us to carry guilt, that is part of the benefit of salvation—freedom from guilt! 

How do we overcome guilt?


Acknowledge your sin; surrender it to God and commit to living in a way that precludes that sin from happening again (1 John 1:9). 

4. An Unresolved Conflict (Job 5:2)


Conflict misguides our passion for anger. Now let me clarify that anger itself is not bad. We have even seen Jesus display anger (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 3:5) 

The anger Jesus displayed, however, was pure and completely justified because it arose from the obvious corruption of God’s holiness and worship. 

Our anger generally arises from pride and selfishness. 


How do we keep our passion for Christ during a conflict?


We must protect ourselves from the three passion killing emotions that result from conflict: 

Resentment: which is most closely attributed to bitterness 

Jealousy: which is rooted in our insecurity and/or inadequacies 

o Prolonged Anger: This is a product of being unable to forgive

No one (including Satan) makes us resent someone or feel jealous towards them or refuse to forgive them. In fact, each of these is rooted in our own faults and flaws. 

Because they arise from us, we have the power when it comes to resentment, jealousy, and prolonged anger to let it go. 

Forgiveness is so important. God who knows us, who made us, who created us knows that we can’t carry resentment. 

5. Unsupported Lifestyle (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)


Sometimes we lose our passion for God because we do not spend time around other people who have a passion for God. We need each other (Genesis 2:18); We all fall short (Romans 3:23); We all stumble at times, so we need people to help us up in our lives. 

We all need to be in small groups to get a support system in place so that we can keep the passion alive even during the difficult times. 

Pattern of Leaving the Church: (a) Person starts to draw away from other believers [may still come to church but don’t engage other believers]; (b) As you draw away you start to feel isolated; (c) Blame God/Christians for isolation [complaints provides us with excuses which we feel justify our withdrawal]; (d) Find people and/or places that accept your sin. 

What should your small group look like?


Should be a group of like-minded, similarly situated believers who are committed to holding each other accountable in furtherance of their shared goal to grow closer to Christ. 

Cannot be in a small group with someone who condones or makes excuses for your sins (Ezekiel 3:17-21). 

Cannot be in a small group where the goal is anything aside from God (Hebrews 10:24-25). 

Cannot be in a small group with anyone who does not believe the Bible—in its entirety—is true (John 17:17), right—meaning we acknowledge why the commandments, etc. are in place (Psalm 119:75) and good. (must be able to challenge each other by using the Bible, not opinion). 

The key to avoiding this pitfall is to admit that you are weak and need relationships with others, including God to prevail. 

6. Unclear Purpose (Matthew 28:18-20)


Life without purpose is meaningless. When we forget our purpose, we lose our way. And there is no doubt that it is too easy to forget why we are here because we get caught up in “Adulting.” 

Passion and purpose go together. When you have a clear purpose, it is going to give you a lot of passion, but it’s got to be God’s purpose for your life. 

7. Undernourished Spirit (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

Every day we face all kinds of circumstances that conspire to shrink our spirit and shrivel our heart. As we go through life, we are going to have distractions and disappointments, conflicts, changes and challenges, problems and pressures, frustrations and fears, and failures and fatigue. These things are aimed at shriveling our spirits.

No one else is going to nourish your spirit so you must take the time to do so. 


Live it Out

If God is not your priority today, if you feel like you have lost your passion, then start over.  Look at these 7 Things that Kill Our Passion for God and see where you fall short and commit to fixing them. R.E.A.L. Christianity is not a religion; it is a faith. We must each commit to doing what God calls us to do. Pray with someone, talk to someone, and be better. 


  

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