Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ. (Romans 16:25 NRSV)
In 1947, Buddy Musgrove became a fan of the Wynewood High Savages, his local high school football team. And not just a fair-weather fan either. Over the past 51 years, Musgrove has attended every single Wynewood Savages game, 570 in all. He has braved ice storms to make it to the games. One year, Musgrove was in an accident while driving to the game. In spite of his injuries, he still hitched a ride to the stadium and made it there by kickoff time. He is determined to cheer on his team. As he says, "Only death will keep me from a football game."
We encounter people who are passionate about many things nowadays, but rarely are they passionate about their faith. That which should be at the center of their lives is now peripheral. How can we expect to build a church with people who are more excited about a job or a sport than they are about the Kingdom of God?
Will you allow your passion to serve God?
Dear Jesus, raise my passion in strengthening your church. In Jesus name, Amen.