Our Passions – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:15-19
Key Verse: Hebrews 13:20-21
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
As we continue to study the call of God upon our lives, we want to examine the passions of our lives. Our scripture for yesterday and today’s devotional tells us that God is working in us that which is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ. In other words, God’s call is in every person who is in Christ Jesus. The call of God comes with the salvation of God through Jesus Christ. Salvation brings a mission, not just an eternal destiny.
Many years ago, as a child, I wanted to be a preacher. I have told the story many times of how I would get up on my parent’s washer or dryer and preach to my brother. But when it came to going to college and truly making that decision, I did not feel that I had heard a “voice” from God on my calling. My wise father, a minister himself, reminded me that the desire is the first element of a calling. I went with that and have been blessed over 30 plus years of pastoring. I have never lost that desire and true passion for preaching God’s Word and caring for people.
What is your story? Has God put a consistent desire within you? Are you following that path? Many people end life full of regrets that they did not follow their passions in their life’s work. Working 40-60 hours a week at jobs that leaves you empty isn’t worth it, no matter the money.
Father, you have put a desire in my heart. I want to identify that and follow it to the “country” of your choosing, just like Abraham. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.