Passionate. Conviction. Reckless.
Many people are passionate, convinced and reckless for their certain sports team. Whether it is football, basketball, baseball, NFL, NCAA, NBA, people are passionate, convinced, and reckless for their teams. People will go to great lengths to demonstrate their affiliation with their team. And especially when the winning comes, there is an even greater (almost obnoxious) passion. (Can anyone say Steeler fans?)
I don’t know if you have been in a room with Heather Zempel when she is cheering for her Alabama teams, or when Joel Schmidgall is going on and on about his Chicago teams, or in the room when Chris Jarrell is talking about his Steelers (ugh..), but there is a passion, a conviction, and a reckless pursuit of cheering their team on.
Every time I read these chapters in Revelation, I get the feeling that each church is missing one of those things. Each church missed the mark; they had lost their passion, their fire, and their reckless abandonment towards their heavenly Father. They were indifferent, neither hot nor cold, they had lost their first love, and the list goes on.
This may sound cliché or cheesy, but its true, we serve a heavenly Father who is the beginning and the end, Who IS, who WAS and who IS to COME. (1:8). I get convicted each time I read these chapters, because I wonder if I am pursuing God with passion, a conviction, and recklessness.
“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1:6)
It’s the gospel, Jesus died on the cross to free us from our sins with HIS blood. It’s the least we can do for our “team/kingdom” to passionately love people, to passionately and with conviction spread his gospel, the good news. Listen closely to what God is trying to speak to you, to challenge your heart, your ways to bring you closer to him.
And remember: God is the beginning and the end, he will outlive, outlast and outplay any Steelers team!