The New Testament is entirely about Jesus, and no matter what we see Him doing or verbally expressing, we know His being is thoroughly passionate about what He is bringing to the earth.
Many people speak about the changes the church needs to make, and how God is bringing change to the church. Some point out that the mega-church is “the new thing.” I say no. Big and bigger is very human. I like seeing these large assemblies because their growth is exciting, but to my mind, intimacy with the Lord is the future required. However, not even that is sufficient for the change we’re looking for. In this dull and featureless world where we live by tradition and dead rules, we need profound love.
And so the Living Expression became a man and lived among us! And we gazed upon the splendor of his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father overflowing with tender mercy and truth (John 1:14 TPT).
In just this one sentence, look at the words of passion:
This verse was taken from the same manuscript that The King James Bible used. One translator chose to use words for our minds to use, and a newer translator chose words from the same manuscripts for our hearts to use. By “heart” I do not mean that organ that pumps blood to all parts of our bodies. I mean the seat of our emotions that is found in the vicinity of that organ.
Science tells us our decision making is in this seat of emotions. It’s not the mind that makes our decisions. “I’ve made my mind up, and that’s that.” That is never that. Our minds don’t have enough information to make decisions. We learn new things constantly, and the mind must change itself to accommodate the new information. We learn new things constantly and the mind must change itself to accommodate the new information.
We govern ourselves by what we feel.
How do you feel about God? Is He the Living Expression of Himself that lives in your heart? When He is, then your heart will change, and you will be a part of changing your world and the world around you.