To inspire and motivate learners to cultivate a healthy passion and a Christ-like attitude
By the end of this lesson, the participants should:
- Understand the importance of passion and a right attitude for service.
- Inspire a desire for consistency in passion and the right attitude in service.
- Cultivate a lifestyle of passionate service and Christ-like attitude.
Floyd Mclung recites, “I know when apostolic passion has died in my heart, it happens when I don’t spend my quiet time in dreaming of the time when Jesus will be worshipped in the languages that aren’t yet heard in heaven. I know it is missing in my life when I sing about heaven, but live as if earth is home. Apostolic passion is dead in my heart when I dream more of sports, toys, places to go and people to see, than I do about the nations not worshipping Christ Jesus”.
What is that one thing that you can face a bullet for?
i.What is passion?
- It is what you hunger for so intensely that you are willing to sacrifice anything, even your life, to have.
- It is the quality of those who are on fire for Jesus, who dream of the whole earth being covered with the Glory of the Lord.Numbers 14:24 (Message)
“But my servant Caleb—this is a different story. He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately. I’ll bring him into the land that he scouted and his children will inherit it.
2. What is attitude?
- Attitude is the disposition or state of one’s heart.
- One can have a positive or negative attitude at any one given moment.
- A negative attitude, is contrary to God’s word, and is in itself sinful and may be
hurtful to others.
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.” – NIV
Biblical examples of passion and a right
- i. David was zealous in his service.
David, while a young shepherd, displays passion and right attitude in the way he took care of his father’s sheep.
1 Samuel 17:34-36
“But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard
and struck him and killed him. “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”
2. Paul focused on his call to witness.
The Apostle Paul demonstrated passion and focus in the way he carried out ministry.
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.”
iii. Esther was fearless of the impending danger.
Esther risked her own life to save her people from imminent extermination. Due to her passionate sacrifice, the people of Israel were saved.
“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
List some contemporary leaders who have served the society through their passion and right attitude.
- Why is passion and a right attitude so important?
i.They are pivotal in accomplishing one’s purpose in life.
- A positive attitude is the road map to a positive life.iii. A positive attitude brings positive opportunities, which can only be seized when one has passion.
- Right attitude is a catalyst in accomplishing taxing and difficult assignments in the school of life. It gives one the conviction that challenges are temporary and success is achievable.
- Passion and right attitude differentiates between meaningless occupations and meaningful pursuits. Being passionate about the wrong things in life can lead to tragedy.2 Samuel 13
“Amnon, who was David’s eldest son, harbored a lustful passion. He accepted wrong counsel to feign illness so as to prey on his half-sister Tamar. He raped her. Tamar’s brother Absalom waited two years to avenge his sister’s rape. He sent his servants to murder a drunken Ammon at a feast to which he had invited all the king’s sons.”
- How to cultivate passion and the right attitude in service
- i. Discover your God-given talents and gifts.Roman 12:6-8
“And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness”.
- Nurture your gifts and talents.
It is our sole responsibility to grow God-given abilities trapped within us.
2 Timothy 1:6
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands“.
iii. Work with others for complementarity, not for competition.
Your gifts, talents and abilities are for the benefit of other people.
1 Peter 4:10
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (NLT)
- Look for opportunities to use your gifts and talents.
Trust God for avenues and platforms to utilize your abilities and capabilities. Some might not be rosy but God’s intends them for your good.
Colossians 4:5b (Ephesians 5:6a)
“…make the most of every opportunity.“
- Find and commit yourself to a godly mentor.
A good example was Paul’s tutelage under Gamaliel.
“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today”
vii. Intentionally commit to a lifestyle of service to others.
Without being coerced, willfully make a treaty with yourself to live a life of daily adding value to others through service.
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor.
A clip that shows the benefits of having passion and the right attitude.
In the film Chariots of Fire, Olympic runner Eric Liddell says, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run, I feel God’s pleasure.” Later he says, “To give up running would be to hold him in contempt.” There are no unspiritual abilities, just misused ones. Start using yours for God’s pleasure.
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