Thursdays With Oswald—A Passion For Christ, Not Souls

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

A Passion For Christ, Not Souls

       The reason some of us have no power in our preaching, no sense of awe, is that we have no passion for God, but only a passion for Humanity….

       It is not a passion for men that saves men; a passion for men breaks human hearts. The passion for Christ inwrought by the Holy Spirit goes deeper down than the deepest agony the world, the flesh and the devil can produce. It goes straight down to where Our Lord went, and the Holy Spirit works out, not in thinking, but in living, this passion for Christ.

From Approved Unto God

Wow, tough word. But it’s true: If I love Christ more than my loved ones, I will love my loved ones even better. A passion for Christ will win others to Christ; a passion for souls will only lead to building my ministry.

One Response to “Thursdays With Oswald—A Passion For Christ, Not Souls”

  1. Craig L. Adams Says:

    A passion for God is essential because people need a connection with God — and by nature our connection has been disrupted by sin, selfishness, and unbelief. A passion for people will not necessarily provide them a connection with God — and it will very likely break our hearts continually and burn us out. We need to find our strength and focus in God’s love and power and justice.


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