Have you ever looked around your office at the motivated, driven people around you or watched a documentary about someone who completely, 100% knew what their life was all about? To me, those things are somewhat depressing. I don’t know how to live like that.
People talk all the time about their God-given passions, and there are quizzes and advisors and questionnaires to help you figure out what that is. But do you ever just feel like you got skipped in the life-defining passion handout? Or maybe that you somehow ended up with ten?
This has been a hot topic around our home for a while. Benjamin especially, as a newly diploma-certified college graduate, is looking at his life and asking, “So what am I supposed to do with this thing?”
And while it may not seem like the Bible has much to say about passionless pursuits (after all, it’s full of people who had very defined ideas about what their life was all about), the Bible was inspired by the God who knows each of us, knows our needs, and knew before the beginning of time what our answers to every list of “12 Questions to Find Your Passion” would be. So, let’s start by diving into His Word.
We know God made us with a purpose.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
And Matthew 5:13-15 (emphasis added) says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
In other words, every single Christian is called by the God they worship to do good in our world, to be different, and to take every opportunity to point the people around us to the saving knowledge of Jesus.
Put another way, Matthew 22:37 says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” That should be the purpose behind every decision, every thought, every heartbeat as Christians.
We know God made us with unique abilities.
Romans 12 talks about how we all have such different interests and talents that we have to work together in our strengths. It’s what Paul calls, “the Body of Christ.” In verse 4, it says, “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”
1 Corinthians 12 says the same thing, and there are verses like Ephesians 2:10 (scroll back up a little ways) that say that we each were created as an art piece, with good works designed especially for our lives and our skill sets.
Plus, the Bible talks about spiritual gifts in Ephesians 4, the abilities that we have that help us to better serve others, areas that God has just gifted us in.
Does all of this mean that we each have some deep, all-encompassing passion? That if we don’t know what it is that we should take the questionnaires, go to the advisors, and tally up the quizzes? That there is something wrong with us if we can’t figure out what we should be doing right now to define our whole lives?
I know God designed us each with interests that are part of our reflection of Him. I think that sometimes those interests grow to a level of energy and excitement beyond the norm. I think that God can use those passions to reach people hugely for Him. And I also know that God has a unique plan and purpose to work through each person.
But I don’t think that everyone has to feel those feelings. We are each called to serve God where we are and we are each called to follow God where He leads. Really, we should all have the same passions: serving God and leading others to our Savior. Beyond that, who knows?
Maybe God has given you a passion for knitting or for writing or for welding or for horseback riding to bring Him glory and to bring you to people who need to meet Him. Maybe your passion is to bring fun into people’s lives or to bring comfort in times of hurt. Maybe you have no idea what your passion is.
But if your number one passion is serving Jesus, everything else falls flat in comparison anyway.
Just be patient, stay the course, live prayerfully, and live joyfully. God will show you all of those good works He has prepared for you. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a passion along the way.
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