Christianity: A Pastime or A Passion?

“What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”    — Matthew 10:27



When David Livingston was a medical student, he decided that since he had but one life to live, he ought to make the most of it.  He secured a map of the world and studied it to find the neediest spot.  He concluded that it was China and planned to go there as a medical missionary.



Before David could follow through with his plans he heard Dr. Robert Moffat of Africa say, “From the hill where I live I can see the smoke of a thousand villages where no Christian has ever gone.”


David Livingston decided there could be no place more in need of Christ than Africa; and he went out to live with savages, be bitten by tropical insects, suffer with fever, live in separation from his family and finally die in a hut in the wilderness.


To the service of Christ, Livingston gave his all – his youth, his medical skill, his pioneering spirit, his money, his family, his life.  He left the world a living example of what it means to have a relationship with Christ which is not a pastime but a passion for service.


How magnified is our response to Jesus?  Are we “shouting” what He is “whispering?”  Are we “all out” for what is “all in us?”  Is Christianity something we have added to our life or has Jesus become our life?



Pastime or passion – which describes you?


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