Day 3 // Passionate Commitment

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)

Welcome to Day 3 in our Advent adventure. Ever wonder what makes a journey an adventure? The most memorable experiences are usually the ones that are the most difficult, challenging and involve an element of danger. Mountain climbing, white-water rafting, sky-diving just to mention a few… It’s what gets your adrenaline pumping; your heart racing. You feel fully alive. Someone once said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

When God planned Christmas He took such a risk. It would be a moment like no other. God would become a man. As man He would offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins so that we may have access to God, forgiveness of sin, grace and mercy. Then just as He came the first time, He would come again to rule and reign. Isaiah predicted both the first and second advent of Christ in our passage today. Look at it again, “For a child is born to us (that’s human), a son is given to us (that’s divine). The government will rest on His shoulders (that’s prophetic). And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of His ancestor David for all eternity (that’s a Theocracy). The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (that’s intentionality).” Isaiah 9:6-7 (parenthesis added)

What a bold proclamation that has and will change the course of history! I love the last line. “The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”

Many translations will render that phrase as “The zeal of the Lord…” Zeal is passionate commitment! What are you passionately committed to? When you are passionately committed, you don’t hold anything back; you leave nothing on the table. You risk it all! That’s what makes the journey an adventure! You want to experience the most meaningful Christmas ever? Be passionately committed to the one who gave His life for you. Risk sharing that passion with someone. Be intentional in praying for and inviting your family and friends to one of our Christmas Eve services.

“I’m overwhelmed God by Your passionate commitment to me. You gave Your Son for me. Fill me with that same zeal to give and to serve others this Christmas season.”

What are you passionately committed to?

How can you be intentional in demonstrating that passion for God and others this Christmas? (Be practical as you consider your Christmas offering to God and volunteer opportunities at your church this Christmas.)

Who can you begin praying for and inviting to one of the Christmas Eve services?