For so long I thought that part of being a good Christian was to serve in ways that I hated. By some strange logic, I thought doing things that I was not passionate about or built for, on a regular basis, made me holier. No joke, the thought process crossed my mind more than once that I should do_______ because I hate it and that would be crucifying my flesh and make me more like Jesus.
For instance… tiny humans… I love my tiny human (and future tiny humans). And I might possibly love your tiny human in a one on one scenario. But put me in a room full of tiny humans and I want to run away screaming and/or tie up and gag all the tiny humans. My Mom, God bless her, is a Kindergarten teacher and LOVES it. And I spent enough time in and out of her classroom growing up to KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am NOT good with nor passionate about large groups of booger eaters.
However, throw me into a room full of even semi-hungry-for-Jesus teenagers and I come ALIVE! I love it! I love them! I eagerly anticipate events with them and am excited and energized when I leave them. I LOVE it. Meanwhile, my Kindergarten loving mother is slightly out of her element with large groups of children over 2nd grade. (Which still warrants running and screaming in my book)
But this undertone in some of our minds that “to be holy I must suffer and work at things that I hate” has GOT to stop.
Because here is the reality: I could work and work and WORK, read every book under the sun on how to reach large groups of 5 year olds and I am NEVER going to be as naturally good at it as my Mama. Whereas, if I put that same crazy awesome amount of effort, time, and work into what I am passionate about and naturally gifted to do, I would take massive ground for the Kingdom of God.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:5
When we regularly spend time with the Lord
and in His Word,
He will mold and shape our desires to fit
His destiny for our lives.
When you close your eyes and dream and you do not allow any current situation to limit your dream, what do you REALLY wish you could do with your life? If you could ONLY accomplish ONE thing in your whole entire life, what would that be?
Unless that “burning desire” of your heart is to go be a mass murderer (or something of the sort) it is probably from God.
Move in the direction of your passion.
Start learning more about it.
Take inventory of what you are REALLY good at and what you can improve on.
Now, just because I am not passionate having a spic and span church, does not mean that I get to walk past a piece of trash on the floor and leave it for someone else to pick up. We are ALL called to be servants, faithful stewards of what we have, and obedient to leadership.
Character development will always proceed
fully stepping into the area of your gifting.
The world desperately needs to see Christians operating in excellence in the areas of their passions. A half-hearted servant or an ungifted servant won’t help very many people.
“Whatever you do, do it on a level that the world is unfamiliar with.” ~Pastor Charlie Mendenhall
I truly love seeing people operate in the area of their passion. But just pursuing your passion apart from a vibrant relationship with God will NOT fulfill your purpose.
You will never find your purpose or the true depth of your passion apart from the presence of God.
You will never fulfill your purpose separate from your passion.
Passion, purpose, and Presence all work together. God designed it that way.
We NEED you to fully embrace your God-given passions. You are gifted and called to something in a way that only you can do it.
The world will continue to see an incomplete picture of God until we ALL fully step into our passions and purpose.
Pray with me:
Lord, help me to discover and diligently work in what you have gifted and called me to do. Help me be bold with the gifts that you have given me, to be a blessing to those around me, to use what you have given me to serve others so that YOU would be glorified. Amen.
What are you passionate about? What are you good at? What are you HORRIBLE at?
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