While I don’t get to play as much as I like, I watch sports as often as possible. Lately, though, I have found out that my desire to watch sports is directly correlated to my rooting interest in a team. For example, my grandfather lived in Florida and I am a huge Miami Dolphins fan. I love the Cincinnati Reds and, having grown up in the Bluegrass State, I bleed blue for the University of Kentucky in college sports.
However, I have a really hard time watching the NBA because I don’t have a “favorite team.” Besides a few teams and players that I despise, I really don’t care who wins. And while I enjoy watching an occasional big game or the playoffs, I can’t make myself get invested in the regular season. So…I rarely watch.
I think that kind of mentality applies to most people, though. If you don’t care about something, you won’t invest yourself in it. If you aren’t passionate about a project, more than likely you won’t give your best. If you have nothing at stake in an outcome, you won’t get involved in the process.
Unfortunately, that often bleeds over to our faith. We separate ourselves from the issues and the commands of the Bible (feed the hungry, take care of orphans and widows, surround yourselves with God’s commands, etc.), and that makes it easier for us to ignore them. If we never spend time with people in need, naturally we will not be passionate about helping them, and we will stay home instead of ministering to them. If we ignore all of the children without homes, we will never understand how much they need God’s love, and we will never consider adoption.
Most of the time, we pursue passions that make sense to us and remain neutral on other issues. I think there is another word for neutral in the Bible. It’s lukewarm…and God is apparently not a big fan of us being lukewarm.
As it turns out, discipline leads to more discipline, and good habits lead to more good habits. So if we would make a priority to step out in faith and follow His commands, it is likely that we will discover a passion for loving people that we never thought possible. We will learn about new ministries that we never knew existed.
If we give ourselves a chance to find a rooting interest in serving God, we will become the most passionate fan-base out there. Now that’s a bandwagon that has enough room for everyone.