Follow Your God Given Passion

Follow Your God Given Passion

Time is the currency of life. How you spend your time determines your quality of life and you will become whatever you buy with your time. The key to effective use of your time is establishing correct priorities. First things first. Correct priorities will preserve and protect your life.

Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27 all say that you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength…that doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for other passions.

Along with this wholehearted love for God, though, there must be clarity of your purpose. You need the “who, what, when, where, and how” of your life!

WHAT am I called to do?

Paul knew he was called to be an apostle. Jeremiah knew he was a prophet to the nations. WHAT ARE YOU CALLED TO DO?? Your ministry is to do whatever God has called you to do and bring heaven into that culture. You can’t ever get jealous of someone else’s calling. The greatest calling you could ever have is the one that God has called you to. Once you know what you are called to, then you will not be slowed down by other assignments.

WHO am I called to?

I used a marketing company when I was in business and we had to fill out a questionnaire. He wanted to know what types of people we were trying to reach with our business, because that would shape the way that we advertised. There are different cultures, different income levels, different mentalities…you have to know who you can reach the most effectively with your calling.

WHERE am I called to?

If you go to the wrong area, then you will not have the impact on the culture of the area any more than you would have on the people. Jonah was called to Nineveh, but his flesh didn’t want God to touch them. When he ran from God, he was far more cursed than the pagans on the boat. When he obeyed, he shook an entire city with one four word prophecy, because he went where he was called.

WHEN am I called?

You need to continually access all appropriate knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. In other words, whatever you are called to do you need to get books, listen to speakers, and connect with people who will help you to grow in your calling. Spend as much time with materials and people within your calling as you do on spiritual things.

HOW am I to fulfill my calling?

You have to have a plan! Life is practical! Write the vision and make it plain. God is very specific in his directions for your calling.

You have to have income. Remember, Paul was a tent maker. Abraham was a shepherd. You can be a broke hard worker, but if you will listen to God, he will make you a blessed hard worker. A lazy person will never be blessed…he is a fool.

You need a budget. If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep with be your downfall. A wise man has excess, while a fool spends everything that he has. Proverbs 21:20 says that “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.”

Set goals and plan for increase. If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time. I heard a man say that the most successful businesses operate on only 30% overhead. As a former businessman, I can tell you that this would have changed my business for the better had I known it then.

I wish someone would have told me these things when I was younger. But you are never too old to learn something new and get on the right track. As my pastor likes to say, “Follow your God given passion.” As always, continue your calling and journey with joy!