Passion spurs us on whereas disinterest in a subject can make it tedious and boring to explore. I was watching Louie Giglio talk on the Indescrible DVD from his tour of the same name. He is so passionate about astrology and science. It is his passion that engages his audience. People of passion draw us in. His other passion is God and the combination of the two has him positively beaming like a little boy. If you have not watched it I highly recommend it! (I’ve watched it four times in just two weeks!) Essentially, the DVD runs for 40 minutes and shows the vastness of the universe, how we really are so very, very small, and how very, very BIG God is!
Louie Giglio’s message could be summed up by these verses written by David:
Psalm 8:3-5 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
God’s greatness alone, however, does not lead one to live passionately for Him. Many people have lived their lives in fear of a god who they believe to be angry, vengeful, unjust or merciless. But we who know the truth know that God – the Creator of all the vastness of the universe, who made the stars and planets, the galaxies, and who holds it all together in his large hand – is also merciful, loving and gracious. He is all knowing and all powerful yet takes the time to consider us, small though we may be. He knows each of us by name and longs for us to call Him, “Father”.
Consider these verses in Hebrews as the author draws from the Psalm of David and shows the response of this great and all mighty Creator to His fallen creation who were separated from Him due to their sin:
Hebrews 2:8 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
Hebrews 2:9-10 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
Christ, the Creator of all, came to earth, suffered and died the death of a common criminal in order to save us. Through his resurrection He has brought many sons to glory! We now have a way to God because of Christ’s sacrifice. Our God died for us. The Almighty One came to earth as a humble babe and lived a life of persecution to bring us back into a right relationship with God. Works could not do it. Living by the Law could not save us for no one could perfectly keep it. But our God made a way through His own blood.
Yep, I think He is more than deserving of our passion!
So we’ve determined that God is worth our passion. I am driven by God and my heartfelt desire to live for Him. What now?
God is both our Saviour and our Creator. We are not accidents.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Psalm 139:13-16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
God formed us. He made each of us different; each unique. We all have different gifts. We all have different interests; different passions; different dreams and visions; different abilities; a different task set before us.
I used to think, “I wish I could be a politician” because I value politics and I value the role it plays in society. I used to feel that if I went into politics I could make a bigger difference in this world. Problem is: I have no interest in politics!
Then I thought, “I wish I could be a businesswoman” then I could have made an impact for God by giving to missions or helping establish small businesses for other believers. I could model godly business principles to the world. Problem is: I really have no business sense!
Teachers have an amazing impact in the world. One of my best friends is the most incredible teacher. I know this, never having seen her teach, by hearing her speak of her students and her work. When I have kids I hope they get a teacher with her passion. She gives her all to discovering how to get the best from each students. She is constantly getting knew resources, or implementing new ideas or modifying her teaching strategies to better suit her kids. She is passionate about the children and she is passionate about her role as their teacher. She is also well suited to early primary because of her energy and child-like spirit. I adore her and I’m sure her kids do too. I know I wouldn’t do half the job that she does because I do not have her passion for teaching or enthusiasm with you children.
Not to say that passion takes away all the trials of various jobs or the weight of responsibility others bring. I’m merely trying to show that what I was created for is not the same as you. I can best serve God in areas of my passion. He may call me out of these for a season or two but even in such seasons He has highlighted interests for me that I did not know I had. I love travel and exploring new cultures so my time in Africa suited me. I’ve heard plenty of people express the opinion that I’m crazy or that they could not do likewise. At first I was surprised – after all how could anyone not want to go to these beautiful places and meet such beautiful people? – but since then I’ve learnt that that God has gifted me with this desire. Other people are more comfortable at home, in cities, or in the familiar. For me, I hate large crowds where others are at their best in large group settings. Not better or worse; just different!
So what is my encouragement to you through all of this? FIND YOUR PASSION!
Further examples from my life are writing, God’s Word and now the DRCongo. I can’t explain why these drive me except by saying that God placed them within me. It has meant sacrificing other things, such as time with family and friends and most of my savings, but it enables me to live a life of passion. Not only does passion attract others to us – it is very rewarding for oneself!
Here are some questions to think about which might help you consider your passions:
- If you could take up a new hobby, what would it be and why?
- What did you want to do when you were 2-3 years old (ask older relatives if you can’t remember!)?
- What are some of the most memorable events in your life?
- What do you find most:
- What piques your curiosity? What subject do you enjoy learning about?
God is to be our number one drive in life but what else drives you? People are attracted to those living passionately. If we are to live as light and salt to the world then we need to start living as light and salt. Being zestful and bright is much easier when we are doing things that interest us.