Living out your passion pt. 2
Living Out Your Passion: Purpose-Driven Life (Cont.)
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Usually when discussing topics regarding the purpose of one’s life and what they’ve been called to do, the word passion seems to come up about 90% percent of the time. If they’re not being coupled as two terms with a similar definition, then one is being used to accentuate or emphasize the other.
But what exactly is passion? Is it something that one can’t do without if they want to get anything done in this life? Or is it a feeling that is different for each individual person, where some feel it stronger than other? Of course there are numerous interpretations and definitions of the word passion, so it seems only right to break down a few of these renditions.
Passion has been defined as:
- A strong and barely controllable emotion
- A state or outburst of strong emotion
- An intense desire or enthusiasm for something
It’s no surprise that these definitions would appear first for reference when searched for; however, there was another definition that seemed extremely out of place and, for lack of a better word, unusual. Passion is also defined as “the suffering and death of Jesus”. What a random addition to the rest of these interpretations!
Why is death and suffering referred to as having “passion”? When looked at from a generic standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense. However, when looked at from the biblical context of Jesus’ ministry and calling when He came down to Earth, this definition seems to put everything into perspective. Because it was Jesus’ divine purpose to come and die on the cross for our sins, His actual suffering and death was oozing with so much passion, because it was something that NEEDED to be done.
When we look at each of the people in the Bible that were called for a specific purpose, whatever they did, they did with passion. With Samson, it was using God-given strength to deliver the Israelites out from under the threat of the Philistines. With King Solomon, it was sharing great wealth and wisdom. With Jesus, it was suffering harshly and ultimately dying for our sins. With each of these scenarios, it was evident what was required from them, and with what fervor they needed to execute it, for the glory of the Lord.
A lot of times, we tend to look at our inadequacy and doubt our potential. This happens especially after finding out exactly what it is God called us to do. As mentioned in the previous post, one of the biggest threats to the enemy is a believer that is aware of their God-given purpose; this gives way for the spirit of fear, doubt, and overall loss of fervor to overtake us in our walk. However, we need to be reminded that the success in carrying out our purpose is not coming from our own strength and wisdom, but solely from the Lord:
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV
So, when answering the call that God has placed over your life, take into account that all of the wisdom, strength, talent, and insight that you’ve acquired up to that moment is considered nothing in comparison what He’s capable of. Where He plans to take you is a million times greater than anything you could have ever dreamed for yourself (1 Cor. 2:9). This not only takes the burden and glory off of ourselves, but it will ultimately direct our faith and solidify our trust in Him, reminding us to glory and boast only in Lord.