Here is another little tidbit from John Maxwell’s latest book Everyone Communicates Few Connect.
Mr. Maxwell writes of the importance of marrying passion with the vision. “A vision without passion is a picture without possibilities.” It is difficult to be passionate about something that we haven’t personally experienced. This is why the best sermons, the best songs, the best poems and stories are always born out of a personal experience. Mr. Maxwell gives four questions for the communicator (minister) to ask concerning vision and passion. These are good questions to ask ourselves as we prepare to minister.
1. Do I believe what I say?
2. Has it changed me?
3. Do I believe it will help others?
4. Have I seen it change others?
If we can answer yes to all of these questions, we have married passion to our vision. When we do this in ministry we will, as Mr. Maxwell so capably says, “do more than just light a fire under people; we will build a fire within them! If you have that fire, it will ignite in others.”
A fire underneath somebody causes them to move for a moment. They may get stirred up while you preach or sing, but is it lasting? But when the fire gets inside them, that is a different story. A fire on the inside will make a lasting change!
Where are you building fires? Underneath or within?
If God is going to use you to set the hearts of men on fire for Him, He will have to set you ablaze first!