What does it mean to be passionate about something?
When you are passionate about something, nothing is going to stop you from completing the thing that you need to do. Passion takes away all excuses and causes you to go the extra mile. It causes you to push through amidst immense pressure.
The time of the crucifixion of Jesus is called the Passion Of Christ, this is a period of time where Jesus the God Man showed his passion for humanity. He was fully God and yet fully man, his deity demonstrating the ultimate act of love but his humanity was under extreme pressure:
Luk 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luk 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Luk 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
Luk 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Doctor’s reckon that in order for someone to sweat blood, they have to be under the most extremes of pressure. This was the level of passion Jesus had for us.
You have to understand this was a choice Jesus made to go through this for us and that choice was motivated by love:
Php 2:6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
Php 2:7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Passion causes you to look at things differently from everyone else, so where as some people will not understand why you do what you do, other people with a similar passion will understand exactly why you do it.
You cannot force someone to be passionate, they are either passionate or they are not. This is why you cannot force someone to be a Christian; the bible is very clear as to what it takes to start this journey of Christianity:
Rom 10:8 But what does it say? "The Word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart"; that is, the Word of Faith which we proclaim;
Rom 10:9 Because if you confess the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
When a person recognises that they are sinners that need a saviour and they understand that their lifestyle was leading to death, however the love that Jesus showed them through his death and resurrection has paid the penalty for their sins and they can now live a new life in him. People get very passionate about that and unless a person gets truly born again they will never understand why.
There are so many so called Christian organisations that try to put their own spin on the bible, but for those who do not recognise Jesus as God, the one thing they miss every time, is the true understanding into the love of God.
You see the whole bible from Genesis to Revelation is all about Jesus, he can be found in every book. The bible is more than just history, it is HIS STORY!
Joh 15:13 No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Now that is true passion.
Not everyone is going to build a Reliv business because not everyone will be passionate about it. However Reliv is a very easy business to get passionate about, when you see the work of the Kalogris foundation and the impact it is having on lives around the world. Also when you meet with people at conferences and you hear the passion they have for the Lord, when you hear how ministries are being supported by the incomes people are making in their businesses and how people have more time to do ministry because of the business they have built, you can see why people get passionate about Reliv.
From the very beginning through Dr Theodore and all of his trial formulations over 10 years, God was in this. I will never forget my first international conference when they showed a video of Dr Theodore and he was expressing his concerns that, because of all the results people were getting on the product they were putting him too much on a pedestal and giving him too much glory. In the video he said ‘Do not give him the glory, all the glory goes to God’ and he pointed upwards.
This was a man who was passionate about having an impact on mankind through his research, but he was also a man who was passionate about the God who gave him the knowledge for his research.
If you are not passionate about changing your situation and the situation of others, you will not build this business. If that passion does not run deep within you, you will make excuses, you will blame others for your failure and you will convince yourself that this business does not work.
You see passion is not a commodity that everyone has, but for the ones who do have it, it is the most powerful commodity they possess!
Jason Gregory Business Coach & Mentor
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