[Column] Work with Passion

Work with Passion

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.


A leader needs fervent passion to proceed with his aspirations. God from the beginning to this moment is working passionately. He is consumed with love for each of us so much that He’s working without ceasing. Even angels are working busily for us. One or two guardian angels are assigned to each of us to deliver our prayers to God and protect us from tragic accidents. Our Lord Jesus Christ also worked with passion: “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”John 9:4.

Apostle Paul also was a passionate man. He confesses that he exhorted everyone in the church of Ephesus with tears for three years day and night without ceasing. Ecclsiastes 9:10 says, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” On earth, we have to fulfill our duties with passion. In heaven, we cannot serve or preach gospel to others. We’ll be given different types of work. Therefore do your present work with all your strength. When you’re consumed with passion, you can succeed as a leader, who impacts members.

Those who succeed as leaders are in most cases consumed with passion. The founder of Hyundai group Chung Joo-Young woke up early everyday and is said to have been thrilled at the excitement and expectation of handling his tasks every morning. He often said that waking up in the morning was like waking up for a school picnic. When I was serving at a church in England, one of the elders there had a wife who worked as a secretary to Chung Joo-young. Every time she mentioned him, she credited him for his all-consuming passion. He woke up and came to work earlier than anyone, worked passionately, devised ideas and received inspirations. Even the experts with multiple advanced academic degrees were impressed at his intuition and judgment. When one has to work with that much passion merely for money and reputation, with how much passion should we work as God’s servants?

Jesus addressed the passionless church of Laodicea, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wet cold or hot.”(Rev 3:15) This illustrates that doing God’s work perfunctorily without passion is worth nothing. God wants us to be the people of enthusiasm. Then how do we nurture enthusiasm? The word enthusiasm is Greek in origin and consists of en meaning inward and theos meaning God. When God abides in us, enthusiasm enters us. Revelation 3:19 reads, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” How zealous are you when you serve God at church? How passionate are you when you resume your work at a job? If you’re an office worker, you have to be punctual and come to work 10-20 minutes in advance to pray and plan schedule.

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm.” There’s a fire of enthusiasm within us. If it is dying, ask God for enthusiasm and He will rekindle the fire. I pray that all of you will become passionate leaders who enjoy the present positively.


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