Have you ever been in that place where you’re just not quite as passionate as before? I know I have. More times than I’m proud to admit. Maybe you’re there now. I believe The Word clearly lays out a few steps on how to fuel that fire again in Leviticus 6:12-13.
“And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Fire = Altar + Priest Shall + Every Morning + Burnt Offering
Passion = Place + Responsibility + Time + Sacrifice
In other words, I believe that the text makes clear four directives to fuel our fire (passion).
1. We need a place.
“And the fire upon the altar…”
Whether a prayer chair, our drive to work, or a literal closet, a designated place to meet with The Lord can be a major contributor to our fire. The place is best when it’s distraction-free.
2. We need to take responsibility.
“…and the priest shall…”
My passion, my problem.
It’s my responsibility to steward my own fire. He ignites but we fuel. We cannot blame anyone else for our lack of passion. The moment we rely on someone to fuel our fire is the moment we’ll allow someone to quench our fire. Our passion is too valuable for that.
Here are some practical ways to take responsibility:
Serve your church and community
Read The Word
Love Your Neighbor
3. We need a set time.
“…the priest shall burn wood on it every morning…”
It seems as if we often make other meetings a priority but make this negotiable. Having both a time and a place is so key. If we only have a place with no time, we won’t have time to go to the place. If we have a time with no place, we won’t go to the place when we have time. It makes it simpler and eliminates excuses. If even Jesus got up early to pray, how much more do we need it?
4. We need to be a sacrifice.
“…and lay the burnt offering in order upon it…”
Not only do we bring the sacrifice, we are to be the sacrifice. Romans 12 says that we are a living sacrifice and how it’s our reasonable service. In other words, it just makes sense! It’s truly the least we can do after how good He is. To sacrifice is to “surrender as an offering to God”. We are the offering!
In summary, this is all a response to Jesus first showing His passion toward us. We see it in Acts 1:3.
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion…”
So we see passion to be the force that says, “I’m willing to suffer and lay down my life for something”. That’s sacrifice. That’s love. His life wasn’t taken. It was laid down (John 10:18).
The good news is this: If you’ve left your first love, as mentioned Revelation 2:4-5, just do what you did at first. I’m sure it looked a lot like our four points above. You can get it back today.
Be blessed, be yourself, and fuel the fire. Our world needs it.