“I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power. To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.”
Recently our pastor spoke to us on understanding our passions and burdens as we attempt to reach our world with the good news of Jesus Christ. It was evident many people were examining their own lives as he spoke. It will be interesting to see how the Holy Spirit challenges and leads in the lives of many who were there.
As he spoke, I reflected on my own life. Have I invested in things that are important? Have I chosen to avoid conflict, to stay with what is most comfortable? Have I given in to things that are not pleasing to God?
Let me reflect with you on my journey in hopes it might help you reflect on yours.
First, even as followers of Jesus we can be jerks. We live in the flesh and sometimes unfortunately we feed the flesh. We all know that, so let’s move past guilt into what God has for us now.
My personal passion:
My passion is to see others experience salvation! I want to reach as many as I can with the gospel of freedom in Jesus. Too many people have heard a gospel that combines the Old testament and the New…grace plus law. As a result they think that to have a relationship with God they have to perform. I have a burden to see people set free from religion and understand that salvation is in the person, Jesus, not in a set of rules. (Eph. 2:8-9) I want to communicate in a way that is understandable and not complicated with Christian jargon.
My personal burden:
My personal burden is that new followers of Jesus would understand how to live in freedom. Once a person has come to a saving grace in Jesus, I love teaching them how to follow HIM and and allow HIM to transform them. To me, my personal burden follows my passion. I’ve said many times that I’m a ‘second grade teacher,’ meaning that I love teaching new believers ways to live out their faith and not be burdened by it.
For those who desire deeper teaching I usually direct them to other sources. Although I’ve had a good education, it has been so freeing for me to know that I am free to pursue my passion to reach out to those who are young in their faith.
So now it is your turn. How would you answer these two questions about your own life. What is your passion and what is your burden? If you don’t know, ask. I believe Jesus will reveal it to you.
Have a great Easter…may you come alive to your purpose for being here!