You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, May 25, 2014 : Son of God, Son of Man {click HERE to listen!}

By Sheryll Belonga

In my life I have been passionate about many things, but at this moment I am most passionate about one thing: making cakes.

A long time ago I decided that I would learn to bake. I researched and practiced and kept at it until I achieved success. It wasn’t easy, but it has become a part of me and is something I am now passionate about.

I eat, sleep and breathe cake recipes, cake designs, cake tips and anything cake-related. If I am asked to make a cake for someone, my mission in life then becomes that cake until the day I hand it over to them. I think about it before I go to bed, when I awake in the morning and during the day. Baking and decorating cakes bring me joy, and it gives me life.

The other day my husband told me that my passion was obvious from the words I spoke. I realized that I have allowed this one thing to have a strong controlling feeling over me that forces me to action.

So I thought, “What would it look like if I developed a passion like that for God?”

Think back to the time when you feel in love with your spouse. If you are single, think of a time when you felt in love with someone. Let’s look back at the days of note writing and flower petals. Those days where you would write “do you like me” on a piece of paper and excitedly await for the answer. Go back to the days where you would pick the petals off of flowers. If you happen to choose a flower that caused you to not have enough petals to land on the answer that you wanted, you would start again with another flower not giving up until you had the answer you desired.

When you realized that the feelings were mutual you couldn’t wait to see that person. Your heart skipped a beat at the mention of his or her name. You were intently focused on that person when together. Your conversation was about him or her and that person was in your every thought. A strong controlling feeling had come over you that moved you to action. When this occurred as you grew older the action that comes about is the desire to commit your life to someone. You then make a conscious decision to devote your time to making a relationship with them work.

Now imagine it being God. You don’t have to ask Him if he likes you. You don’t even have to pull the petals off of flowers to determine His love. Knowing that the feelings are mutual you can just allow passion to take over, but there lies the problem; you can’t allow passion to take over because you have not allowed passion to develop. Passion starts with an interest and is fueled by effort put toward it. The more fuel you have the more passion develops. Eventually it is full grown and it a strong controlling feeling that moves you to action. In order to have that passion for God we must make a conscious decision to enter into a relationship with Him. These are the steps we can take to make that happen:

Before going to bed at night, talk to Him. When waking up in the morning, be with Him. Going throughout your day, think of Him. Allowing the words spoken to be lead by Him. Let the places you go be guided by Him. Let the walls you’ve built through business and the distractions of life come down so that He can come in. It will take time and it will take effort but it will be so worth it. Soon you will have a strong controlling feeling come over you that will move you to action.

Are you ready for some passion in your life?

Sheryll Belonga is wife to Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

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