D.A. Carson has said: “If I have learned anything in 35 or 40 years of teaching, it is that students don’t learn everything I teach them. What they learn is what I am excited about, the kinds of things I emphasize again and again and again and again. That had better be the gospel. The whole statement is here
This truth no doubt has equivalent applicability in respect of preaching and also it applies as regards the general converse of everyday life. What is it that I speak about with a passion? But further for the Christian the question is more poignantly asked as regards to who is it that enlivens my heart and soul?
So in my home circle or church circle or at work what am I conveying to those around me about the desires of my heart. As a Christian am I showing my passion is Christ our Lord or am I showing that my passion is religious pursuits?
Enthusiasm cannot be taught, but it can be caught. People can be enthused about something or someone through the enthusiasm of others. So what enthusiasm dom people catch from me? Oh may it be Lord, that through Your grace, my life and my preaching declare a passion for You and Your Son. And in catching some of that enthusiasm may it be that people catch the gospel of Your grace and thereby rejoice.