There are those who insisted on keeping their life and lost it.  Some have had everything their passion called for, but found themselves having to forfeit their soul.  

These are the ones who have had passion and been broken to pieces by it. Misguided passions for sex… drugs and alcohol… a passion for money, power and career…  a passion for the arts… a passion for Christian work… a passion of self-interests…

In the end, passion will lead you to God or to a broken spirit.

I remember a friend in another town who had partied hard as a professional musician prior to coming to Jesus.  I remember the pain and regret when he confided that he had done some really, wild things like being in bed with 6 women at one time.  As a married man and father, it was a shameful memory and not a trophy to his manhood.

I want to encourage those of you who have been crushed by your passions and have failed.  Those who have committed gross sin and those who have meant well but went too far in your pursuit of something meaningful…  those of you who have committed adultery and those whose passion has led to violence…  those who found yourself in jail and those whose bodies have been ravaged by disease…  those who find themselves separated, divorced, alone or just growing apathetic and comfortable with a passionless existence.

Jesus has good news for those who are willing to lose what’s left of their lives to follow Him.  There is a great reward for those who will passionately pursue God.

Luke 9:
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?