The anointing is not an ornament. It is a God-given and ordained tool in the hands of every child of God. But the anointing just sitting there does no one any good. The anointing in the cupboard gives no life to anyone. Unused anointing is wasting a gift that was meant to be exploited.
And that’s where passion comes in. The anointing reveals our purpose and passion drives us to accomplish our mission. Passion overlooks impossibilities and is challenged by status quo. Passion is insulted when it is told, “It can’t be done.” Passion pushes us beyond the boundaries of the usual. When hell says, “No,” passion says, “Yes.”
Passion is defined as the emotions as distinguished from reason; an ungovernable emotion. So, passion is an unreasonable, uncontrollable emotion, enthusiasm or zeal for some person, object or cause. The anointing gives us the destination, and passion is the vehicle that gets us there. A person with real passion has the pedal to the metal because they see what they want and they are determined to get it.
We must have passion for our cause. Samuel Ullman wrote, “Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of purpose and passion wrinkles the soul.”
It is the lack of passion that has left many with leathery, shriveled souls, no longer motivated or capable of doing an effective work in the Kingdom of God. We must be re-baptized with passion.
Daniel Webster said, “Failure is more frequently from want of passion than money.”
Granted, passion can make the anointing messy sometimes but without it there is no success. When kings, priests and prophets were anointed with oil it was messy, but it went with the territory. When the lady, driven by passion, washed the feet of Jesus with oil from her alabaster box it was messy but the end result was beyond imagination. Calvary was messy but for the passion of Christ we would not be here today. We must return to the passion of our youth.
What the church needs is a rebirth of passion. We cannot afford to lose heart now. We may perceive ourselves to be the underdogs, but its time for the dogs to start barking. The first century church was outnumbered, underfinanced, resisted by the power brokers of their day, but their testimony is wrapped up by the words found in
6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out,”These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. NKJV
Let’s turn our world upside down.