Passion for Christ

DISCLAIMER: To place a disclaimer on a devotional thought seems an odd thing to me, yet I do so prayerfully and thoughtfully. The following meditation is not directed toward any particular individual. It is a truth as prevalent today as it was in the days of Christ when confronted by the scribes and Pharisees. These are the thoughts from my own personal devotion and a desire in my life that I neither lean to one extreme or another,  neither forsaking one perspective of a truth in order to emphasize another. A sleeve six inches longer on the one side and  three inches shorter on the other will make a sad garment and a poor fit, not to mention a cold wrist on the one side while making it difficult to grab items with the other. May we all put on the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ unto a fit that is both glorifying to God and edifying to His saints. The Lord Jesus Christ bless thee and keep thee.

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” —Galatians 3:13

Although saving and sanctifying faith is not an emotion, to read and truly meditate upon a scripture portion like Galatians 3:13 only to stifle a passion for Christ for fear that we may lose our understanding of its truth, seems an indictment of the corruptions of our flesh; flesh that has not yet been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Jesus went to the cross fulfilling the scriptures, yet He also went full of His passion for the glory of all God’s holy will; “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). By all means, resist emotionalism, sensationalism, and hyper-charismania; yet, let us not do so at the expense of losing the heart of the Christian faith.

I would rather minister alongside one soul who has tasted and seen that the Lord is good, than to minister alongside ten young lions who understand why He is good and champion His truth, yet suffer hunger (Psalm 34:8, 10). To be nourished in godly fear and also grow by grace in wisdom and understanding of truth, however, brings joy unspeakable to the soul and glory everlasting to our God and Savior.

As the Word of God sanctifies us through patience, gentleness, and goodness, and to grow us and mature us in faith, meekness and self-control, let us also endeavor, by God’s grace, to cleave to our first love, Jesus Christ, whose atoning sacrifice brought us His love that surpasses knowledge, His joy unspeakable in the Holy Ghost, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding because we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”—Galatians 5:22, 23

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


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  2. Pastor Jon thank you for the great reminder. I am in full agreement with you. I would rather serve with a flaming Arminan who has a passion for Christ, than a dead cold Calvinist who has all his theology in perfect order. I’m dealing with a little of this my self. People who knows the truth about God’s grace often seem like we have to cross all our “t’s” and dot all our “i’s.” Brother, I believe if our theology does not lead to a true passion for the glory of Christ in the sanctification of His saints, our theology might be unbalanced. I am reminded of our Lord and Savior which the Beloved Apostle wrote of; “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus was very well balanced in His ministry being full of “grace and truth.”

    • pastor chad, thank you for your encouraging words. something came up at last minute and i couldnt make it up to madison to see everyone. was looking forward to enjoying gods blessed word through you, dear brother. you and the lords sheep in your care in tennessee are often brought to my remembrance in prayer; and i am truly blessed and thankful upon every remembrance of you. please extend my warmest regards to the saints at phbc.
      with love by his grace, jon

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