John Wesley was not a nice conservative, conforming, Republican Christian. Because he was so controversial, he was forbidden by the Anglican Church to preach from its pulpits. Did he wring his hands, admit defeat and fade silently out of history? Just go keep his day job? Not exactly. With no pulpit welcoming him he would ride out into the countryside, pick a spot in an open field, and begin to preach. He was so compelling with his message and his presentation that large crowds began to show up to hear him. Listeners wanted to hear more of what he had to say and ultimately his thought-provoking theological ideas became the founding principles of the Methodist Church.
Someone once asked Wesley how he was able to attract such large crowds with his preaching. Wesley responded, "I simply set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn."
You may be doing great work. You may be responsible, ethical, and compassionate. But is it remarkable? Do you do anything with such passion that people would travel to watch and listen? Maybe you don't have a message to share or a product to sell. But if you do - if you have a business or a service you provide - you'll never get the marketplace more excited than you are. You have to show your own belief and passion about what you're offering. Remember, professional selling is simply sharing enthusiasm. Incidentally, John Wesley averaged preaching 15 sermons a week. Not just one 28-minute sermon on Sunday morning.
If you are not working with passion and drawing a crowd, chances are you are drawing on your ability only. In Wisdom Meets Passion I describe how passion flows out of the blending of:
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Dan Miller, 48Days.com