Are Your Passions Getting You Dirty?

As
I was reading my email today, one of the multitude of advertising
banners that you see every day with your email caught my eye. It was
for the laundry detergent Wisk. It showed a picture of a shirt, and a
daily calendar that changed to three different events during the day.


The first was in the morning…"soy latte", and it showed a stain of
the soy latte on the shirt. The next was "dog park", which then showed
paw prints on the shirt as well. The final one was "pasta dinner", and
it showed the stain from the dinner as well. My first thought was, "Who
would wear that shirt all day with all those stains on it"? Then, the
slogan came…"Your passions get you dirty. Our power gets you clean".

As
Christians, we need to ask ourselves the question, "Are our passions
getting us dirty?" That is where Jesus lived His life, letting His
passion get Him dirty. He came to seek and to save that which was lost.
He allowed Himself to get dirty meeting the needs of others. He was
touched by unclean people (Matt. 8:18-22). He hung out with tax
collectors and sinners (Matt. 8:9-13). He let social norms fly out the
window to meet the woman at the well (John 4:1-26). He defended the
rights of the poor, the captives. the blind, the oppressed (Luke
4:18-19). He healed lepers by touching them and making Himself unclean
in the eyes of the religious establishment of the day (Luke 8:1-4).
Jesus got dirty, coming face to face with raw humanity. In Jesus’ day
it was the tax collectors and the lepers. Today, it is the homeless and
those with AIDS. We must get dirty to make a difference.

Our
response must be several fold. First, we must ask the question…what is
our passion? Is it to see the lost saved, the Kingdom of God grow, to
minister to those in need…or is it ease, convenience, power, money,
fame, fortune, safety.

We
then must ask, "Is our passion getting us dirty"? It has to be the
right passion, otherwise we spend our time building our lives on the
sand rather than the foundation. (Ps 127:1; 1 Cor. 3:10-15).

Then,
we need to "get dirty" in our efforts to see people come to know Jesus.
A clean church does a lost world no good. If our passions don’t get us
dirty, then His power won’t be able to have a chance to get a lost
world clean.

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