From the moment John stepped onto the scene until now, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power. Matthew 11:12
I’ve been studying this verse lately and so much just keeps coming to mind about it. Although the context of it is addressing the foreunners of Jesus Christ, we can draw from the principal embedded in it that the kingdom of heaven is bursting forth and only passionate have taken hold of it’s power.
Passion breeds preservance and together these qualities empower us to achieve our God given dreams which ultimately bring ng s heaven on earth.
God given dreams reveal the hope to which the Lord has called us to. They reveal out destiny and just like Joseph, the son of Israel , our God given dreams are the hope to which we hold on to in times of tough times , they are bring peace in our lives, because we know what we will occur later on in our life. We operate from a place of settled security.
Despite all this we must be consumed and passionate about the pursuing this God’s dream for our lives. Just like the Lord Jesus Christ, we should passionately be about our Heavenly Father’s business, to establish His kingdom on earth. This would mean that we have to substitute our comfort for passion to possess our God given dreams.
The NKJV of Matthew 11:12 reads… the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. This denote that been passionate about possessing your God given dreams would often result in facing oppositions, obstacles that would require one to fight and not give up. This is the difference between a passionate about your God given dreams and not. A passionate person will not quit, he keeps fighting until he gets to possess or live God’s dream for his life.
An excellent distinction between a passionate person and an indifferent person is captured by God the Holy Spirit in the story of Jacob and Esau. You see Jacob although naturally was not the firstborn, he learnt about the firstborn blessing and he wanted it, he longed to possess the double inheritance that was reserved for the firstborn, so one time when his brother was hungry and traded him a bowl of soup in exchange for his birthright. Let us listen for Esau’s response :
And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. Gen 25:30-34.
Clearly Esau despised his birthright while Jacob longed for it, although it was not reserved for him, so he bought it. You see the Lord honoured Jacob and rejected Esau. Infact he multiplied the seed of Abraham through Israel/ Jacob and Israel become the patriarch of the nation of Israel until today.
What we can take from this is that Jacob was passionate and he “violently” possess the firstborn blessing meanwhile Essau despised his birthright and he ended up crying ...When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”And Esau said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!” Genesis 27:34-36
Let us passionately treasure and value the hope to which the Lord has called us to and seek His wisdom on how to pursue the dream He has planted in our heart for the glory of His name.
A few of my favorites examples in the bible of God’s passionately pursuing the Lord’s dream for their lives is Joseph and the Lord Himself. Joseph while working under Pharaoh, the second in command to him, before he died the Lord revealed to him the exodus of the nation of Israel from Egypt and this was his response:
“I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” Genesis 50: 22-24
The ultimate person who possessed His God given dreams is our Lord Jesus Christ. He died and rise again on the third day just to Redeem us so today we the church are His promised bride. We see the Father giving Him this promise such that at His worst moment hanging at the cross He meditated on it.
We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God! Hebrews 12:2 (TPT)