Passion is nearly uncontrollable. When you are passionate about something it consumes you until you respond in a way that satisfies that passion. Of all the geeky things I could do on a holiday, one of those things was to watch through the video’s on YouTube of Adam Savage from the Mythbusters describing his passionate fascination with the dodo bird, which lead him first to downloading every picture he could find of Dodo skeletons and ultimately to hand crafting every single bone of a dodo out of modeling clay and assembling it into a finished skeleton. Now, if you just ignore the relevance to the Bible question for a moment you might be prone to ask yourself, “what would cause a man to invest hundreds and hundreds of hours into researching and then accurately rebuilding a statue of an extinct bird just to satisfy his own curiosity?” The one word answer to that question is passion.
There’s nothing wrong with passion. It’s the objects of our passion that need to be checked. This morning as you open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 6:11-16 we are going to look at how to build a passionate pursuit of godliness into your life.
Instead of letting your life get wrapped up in things that are unworthy of your calling, it’s time to shift your priorities and make following Christ the most important priority you follow. So how can you do that? How can you fan into flame a passion for Jesus Christ? The answer to that question is laced through our text in the form of a series of four imperative verbs, four extremely strong commands to Timothy.