This week I found myself discussing my passions. I was back in Florida standing in the jewelry store I always knew one day I would own and run. But, I found myself describing a life lead by passion that, in fact, would not have me in that store! It seems wild that life has taken me through so many changes in the past 7-8 years. But I have learned something very valuable, identify and claim your passions!
My passion is to preach. I love to share the gospel. I love to talk about truth and the message of Jesus. It is all I can think about. I find myself looking at my church, other churches, and people asking one question......Why aren't they preaching the gospel constantly? That is when it hit me; that is 100% my passion. I want to preach, and preach constantly.
As I was studying through 1 Corinthians this morning (While studying for my sermon from Nehemiah!, Go Figure...) I came to Chapter 9 and read about Paul's passion. It seems he just might have had the same passion. Not that I am like Paul, but his words are great to describe my own attitudes about my passion......
"Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my rights in preaching it.19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible."
I am not in this thing for gain, money, or fame. I am in this thing to see lives changed. To me that is the greatest thing we could ever experience! I get a charge out of seeing God work miracles in the lives of people when they hear the Gospel. I want to live my passion always, even if it means I won't be in that jewelry store in Florida!
Another thought on the subject is the importance of a team or group to support your passion and vision. There is unstoppable power in numbers. God uses people mightily when the are united in a vision and passion. As a leader and pastor I have found that my greatest successes come when my team is united in a vision. If we set our sights on changed lives and preaching the gospel, God will guide us. I found myself in the company of my original team again this week. The guys that have shaped me, supported me, and encouraged me were all together this week. It was an incredible time to realize How God was using us to realize our passions.
Do you know what your passions is? Do you have a team? Are you living out your passion?