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Passion, Knowledge, and Morro Bay

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A few weeks ago a good friend and I did something I’d never done before.

We fished from a boat (The Fiesta – pictured above) in the Pacific Ocean.

I have enjoyed fishing for as long as I can remember, and have caught a lot of fresh water fish through the years; but I’d never hooked a saltwater fish.

It was such an experience!

That day I caught five different kinds of fish; fish I had never even heard of until that day.

Lingcod, Gopher, Vermillion, Blue Bass, and one fish I don’t remember the name of.

imageWe arrived in Morro Bay, at a place called Virg’s Landing, at 5:30 in the morning. Dark and cool. But when you are getting to do something you only dreamed about, well, even 4 a.m. wouldn’t have been a problem.

You see, I have a passion for fishing. Yes, I love to do it. It’s not the most important thing in my life, but it is a passion of mine.

imageClimbing onto the boat with thirty-four other people prepared to fish, along with the three guides, was one of the biggest thrills of my life.

Catching a twenty-five inch Lingcod only added to the thrill.

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(I took a picture of the guide and my fish)

And while I had a tremendous time, one I’ll never forget, something which I’d never thought of suddenly came to my mind this evening.

The difference between passion and knowledge, and the need for both.

To me, passion is the inner drive to do something, accomplish something, or try something new. With passion, a person will weather any hardship, overcome any obstacle, in order to obtain that certain thing they’re passionate about.

Knowledge isn’t nearly as demonstrative, outspoken, or visual as passion. Knowledge just looks and listens for an opportunity to give input. It can, at times, become sidelined or outvoted by the extremely vocal passion.

But both are needed.

You see, it was passion that woke me up that day, not my alarm clock. It was passion that kept me standing for ninety minutes while we traveled to our first fishing spot.

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But it was knowledge that put us onto the fish. It was knowledge that told us what techniques to use, and how to rig our tackle.

And not my knowledge, either. I had to rely on the knowledge of those three guides.

Trust them enough to pay them, and then follow their instructions.

The same is true with life in general. Many people are passionate about life; but passion alone doesn’t make anyone an expert.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the “I’m gonna grab as much of life as I can, and just as quick as I can” kind of guy.

And I’ve made a lot of wrong decisions along the way.

I had the passion but not the knowledge.

I finally realized there’s only One Person Who has ALL PASSION and KNOWLEDGE.

Jesus Christ. The Way, the Truth, and the Life.

He IS life. He IS the wisdom of God.

And He died, and rose again, for you and I.

Guess what? None of us need to try and do this life thing on our own. Not when there is a Savior Who’s promised to never leave us or forsake us.

Not when He has declared His love for us in no uncertain terms!

Yeah, it’s a cool thing to trust a fishing guide with your six hour fishing trip.

But try and imagine life beyond your wildest dreams, both now and forever, trusting in the actual Giver of Life.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15 – 1:17 NASB)

The perfect blend of passion and knowledge; Jesus Christ.

Passion

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Passion.

Desire, focus, purpose, mission,

A cross

A week

Passion.

Praises, palms, crowds, questions,

A man

A king

Passion.

Preparation, covenant, body and blood,

An opportunity

A betrayal

Passion.

Pleading, sweating, sleeping, rising, scattering

A garden

A kiss

Passion.

Mocking, trying, beating, crowning,

A promise

A bruised heel

Passion.

Washed hands, mangled flesh, broken heart,

A dark hour

A holy hill

Passion.

Nails, splinters, hammers, jeers, gleeful serpent

A sorrow

A hope

Passion.

Silence, blood and water, declaration, sealed tomb,

A burial

A completion

Passion.

Earthquake, three days, visitors, empty tomb,

A question

A wonder

Passion.

Living Savior, elated saints, fulfilled promise, bruised head.

A defeated serpent

A victorious Lord

Passion.

Then, now, and always.

Passion.

A Word for the Body

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Here’s a little story that caught my eye this evening. The story of Jesus healing a man’s withered, dried up, unusable hand.

“He went on from there and entered their synagogue. And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” – so that they might accuse him. He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him.” (Matthew 12:9-14 ESV)

There’s a word in this story for the Body of Christ:

We, the Church, have bought the evil one’s lie. A lie that accepts minimal effort, half-hearted faith, and small-minded Christianity as the norm. And, for the most part (in experience, not in doctrine), we’re content to believe in a God who really isn’t as powerful as he claims.

We have decided it’s much easier to leave part of the Body dried up and impotent, than to push past church traditions of doubt and unbelief, and press into God’s presence to get what we really need to reach a world for Jesus.

We’ve become satisfied in our present condition. As long as there’s a “good hand” we need not be concerned about opportunities that “slip through” our mangled fingers. Since someone else is able and willing to work; well, isn’t that what really matters?

Jesus wants to make us whole. Complete. He wants each part of his Body functioning in love and mercy, grace and power. He yearns for his life-giving power to flow through each and every one of us.

Church, it’s time for us to “stretch out our hand” at the command of the Lord. Tear up our list of excuses for failure. Lay our withered passion and faith before the Lord and hear him say, “Be whole!”

And then ignore the one’s who still say, “It won’t work.”

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