The old joke goes something like this: The pastor sits in front of a group of kids at the children’s sermon portion of church and asks what has big teeth, a long fuzzy tail, climbs trees and eats nuts. The kids were all unusually silent until one boy finally raised his hand. As the pastor called on him he said, “Pastor I know that the answer is Jesus, but that sounds a lot like a squirrel”.

I think that today the answer has to be Jesus and I believe that most Christians would initially agree.  However, what we are demonstrating to our world looks a great deal like something else. While it is true that Jesus would have us care for the poor, feed the hungry and do justice everywhere we can, He first and foremost calls us to grow in our relationship with Him.

A great many Christians get caught up in the doing and forget that our doing comes out of our being.

Being passionate for God’s Word allows us to discern better.

Being passionate for God’s Presence allows us to be transformed in our worship.

Being passionate for His Will allows us to go about our ministries and callings with fervor and power.

Being passionate for His Holy Spirit empowers us to have and to fulfill visions and dreams.

Being passionate for His Lordship keeps us accountable and protected.

‘Being’ means that we cultivate and nurture our relationship with God first and foremost. As we do this we begin to reflect Him in our words, thoughts and deeds. When that happens justice is carried out, service comes in droves, and right acts are done by nature and not by law.

I think that there are some great people in this world sincerely doing some awesome things. I believe  these things become even greater when we get the order of passion correct. Jesus tells us in Luke 10:   “Love the Lord your God with all of you heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”

Put in today’s vernacular:  Go hard after God and change the world.