Passion is one of those words that encompasses many aspects. It can go either way. In one context, it could be really good and in another, it can be really bad. Depending on the person, it can be undefiled or downright wretched.
Passion itself isn’t wrong. God is a God of passion. He had a passion to create us. He has a passion for fellowship with us. He has a passion for us to be saved, whole and free.
Now, I have all kinds of passions. I live in the South. So of course I have a passion for food. I have a passion for Jesus, the Gospel, missions, mentoring, friendship, traveling and working out. I’m passionate about coffee and movies and dancing and singing. This is my short list! I could go on and on.
All of these passions of mine, as good as they are, mean nothing unless Christ is at the center of it all. I have come to decide that I want to have right passions for the right things. I want to be passionate about the things the Lord is passionate about.
Passion for making disciples.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…” Matthew 28: 19
We are to have a deep passion to see the lost found. But this kind of passion takes some effort on our part. The very first word of this verse is the word ‘go’. Passion for making disciples doesn’t happen over night. It takes prayer and desire. Beyond that, it is the work of the Holy Spirit that strengthens that desire to have the passion.
This passion requires us to be selfless, generous, compassionate and a servant. It requires us to be the least and die to self. None of those come to me naturally.
Passion for God’s glory.
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” Isaiah 43: 7
God is creator. He created all manner of earth and animals, but we are the creation He chose to walk with and have intimacy with Him. This passion bids me to lift His fame and His name higher than my own. When we elevate His renown, He brings us along with Him. When this passion is pure, He can then trust us with greater influence for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Passion for God’s plan above ours.
“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3
I’m a planner by nature and I tend to be responsible in those plans. I sometimes make the mistake of thinking that my plans are perfect. I bring them to God and ask Him to bless them. In case you’re wondering, that is the wrong order. A quote from my friend Josh Causey has remained in my memory for years. He always says, “God blesses His own ideas.” Regardless of how great I think my plans are or as great as they might actually be, they may not necessarily be God’s plans.
My best plan doesn’t even come close to God’s best.
He is helping me to be still and listen for His leading. His plans can be trusted because they are always good and holy.
Passion for miracles.
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.” Matthew 10: 8
This has become one of my favorite verses! I recently listened to a sermon by Pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel Church. He spoke on calling and purpose. He talked about this verse and how this was a mandate that superseded any of our callings.
Often times we get caught up in wanting to know our callings. That’s not wrong by any means. We all have one…one that was specifically designed for us to to do. But our calling is not the focus. Jesus is the focus. He told us that we would do greater works than He did.
Healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers and casting out demons becomes our calling. It is the calling of callings. Each of our specific callings falls under this commission.
I sure have wasted endless energy and time on things that don’t matter and things that aren’t eternal. I’m believing for a definite shift in my perspective and pursuit towards…
Have you had passion for the wrong things? What are some pure passions that God is leading you to?