I used to think I was passionate because of my Latin heritage. Growing up, everyone in my family performed every conversation. A little waving of the hands, dramatic tones, and loud voices were normal. In retrospect, they were just intense!
Passion Has Become a Buzz Word
Passion is a word used to define convictions, values, or strong emotions. For example, people are passionate about sports. Artists are passionate about works of art. Chefs are passionate about food. My dog is passionate about sleep.
The word passion has become a buzz word hiding its deeper meaning in our culture’s vernacular. Godly passion, however, is not what you might think.
First, passion is related to the worldly desires of our sinful nature.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.”
Galatians 5:24 New Living Translation
The opposite definition relates to God’s plan for our lives. It takes a different meaning. Jesus gave us the perfect example of true passion.
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
Acts 1:3 King James Version
In Acts 1:3, passion means “to suffer.” In Christ’s example, Jesus experienced physical, spiritual, and emotional suffering; Love was His motivation. (Many Bible translations have already translated the word passion for suffering.)
Application of Passion
I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to suffer. I have to admit the definition made me wonder, am I willing to suffer? For what? Let’s land this 30,000-foot plane and find a practical example.
Love stirs passion every day; we just don’t recognize it. A caregiver, for example, will physically suffer because of sleepless nights. They’ll emotionally suffer as they watch their loved ones in pain or need. They’ll spiritually suffer as they wait for answered prayer. Sometimes, God’s plans aren’t easy, but we embrace opportunities to love—that’s passion.
Have you ever heard someone say, “This can’t be God’s plan; it’s too hard.” God’s plans aren’t always easy. God, however, will give us the strength and the determination to move forward while we trust Him for the outcome.
3 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion
Here are three questions to help you reflect and consider your passion.
1. Is your passion God’s vision or Your vision?
Pray and ask God to help you find His heart for your life. His vision may not be that complicated. Just take the next step.
2. What will it cost you?
As you move forward, it will cost you something. It may cost you time, resources, or a change of schedule. It might not be easy, but then again it may be incredibly rewarding.
3. Are you willing to suffer for it?
Are you willing to persevere when it’s not convenient or when you’re tired? Will you trust God when others reject you, criticize you, or betray you? Suffering isn’t always physical. In fact, it’s often emotional.
Your Passion Matters
The Body of Christ needs your passion! What you have to offer is unique. God planned it that way, and He’ll help you bring it to fruition.
Here’s a book that can help. It’s called The Wonder Life by author Mike Foster. It’s full of quotes and thought-provoking exercises to help you find your identity and purpose. Mike Foster explains, “It’s a journey of self-recovery and not self-discovery.”
Get together with some friends, and enjoy this journey together.
Have a blessed weekend!
New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ga 5:24.